Child dies after
being hit by truck

A 1-year-old boy was fatally injured and his father was seriously hurt Thursday evening when they were struck by a vehicle that ran onto the sidewalk along St. Barnabas Road in the Marlow Heights area, a Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department spokesman said.

The child died later at a hospital. The father probably suffered broken legs, department spokesman Mark Brady said. Brady said the boy’s mother also was taken to the hospital because she was in shock after the incident, but she was not struck.

The crash occurred about 5 p.m. in the 5100 block of St. Barnabas Road, Brady said.

Brady said witnesses told firefighters that a vehicle moving “at a high rate of speed” on St. Barnabas Road swerved to avoid traffic that had stopped in front of it, and in doing so, went onto the sidewalk and struck the boy and his father.

Cpl. Maria McKinney, a Prince George’s police spokesman, confirmed that account, saying the driver of a blue pickup truck ran off the road and struck the pair. She added that the child was in a stroller.

McKinney said it was “too early to tell” whether speed or alcohol played a role in the crash. She said the driver remained on the scene and was cooperating with authorities.

— Matt Zapotosky

Teenage driver
injures three girls

A teenage driver struck and injured three girls Thursday evening as she took a driving lesson from a parent in Ashburn, Loudoun County Sheriff’s officials said.

The girls were hospitalized after the accident on Morven Woods Court about 6:45 p.m., said Liz Mills, a spokeswoman. The teen driver mistakenly accelerated the vehicle, which jumped a curb and struck the girls as they played on the sidewalk, Mills said.

A 7-year-old girl was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital in critical but stable condition, Mills said. An 8-year-old and a 10-year-old were taken to Inova Landsdowne Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

UDC announces
interim president

The University of the District of Columbia, in the midst of leadership turnover, has named a veteran administrator to be the interim replacement for a president it fired in December.

James Earl Lyons Sr. will take over at UDC on Wednesday, the Board of Trustees announced. Board Chairwoman Elaine Crider said Lyons has “an impressive academic history” as past president of three universities: Bowie State in Maryland, Jackson State in Mississippi and California State at Dominguez Hills.

Lyons also was secretary of the Maryland Higher Education Commission from 2007 to 2010.

The board fired UDC President Allen Sessoms without cause in December, then retained psychology professor Rachel Petty to run the university as chief operating officer until an interim president could be named.

There has been significant debate about UDC’s future. The 5,490-student university faces pressure from city officials to cut costs. In late January, UDC announced it was cutting nearly 100 positions from staff and faculty, in an effort to save $8.5 million a year, a move that led to dozens of layoffs.

— Nick Anderson