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Suspect arrested in hit-and-run that killed 71-year-old woman leaving D.C. church

Police have charged an Annapolis man in a hit-and-run accident that authorities said killed a 71-year-old woman who had just walked out of a church meeting Thursday night in Northeast Washington.

Joel Russell Bromwell, 32, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, D.C. police said in a statement. He was being held pending an initial appearance in D.C. Superior Court later Friday.

Police identified the victim as Ruby Whitfield, 71, of Northeast.

Friends said Whitfield had attended an ushers meeting at Samaritan Baptist Church in the 1100 block of Florida Avenue NE. She left about 8:20 p.m. and was struck by a silver 2010 Mercury Mountaineer that was heading east near Gallaudet University.

Police confirmed that Whitfield was walking in the marked crosswalk when she was struck. She was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Authorities said they arrested the suspect in his car about a mile from the scene.

This article has been updated.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.


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