Pedestrian fatally struck by vehicle

A woman crossing a downtown Washington street was struck by a vehicle and killed Friday morning, D.C. police said.

The victim, Carol Joan Tomason, 70, of Chapel Hill, N.C., was struck at 15th and H streets NW, police said.

They said she was in a marked crosswalk, walking west on H Street NW, when she was hit by a pickup truck that went through the crosswalk while making a left turn onto northbound 15th Street NW.

The intersection is one block east of Lafayette Square, and one block north of the Treasury Department. It is not far from the White House. At certain times of the morning and afternoon it can be highly congested, with not only passenger cars but also buses and large trucks.

— Martin Weil


Judge rules on prescription plan

A federal judge has ruled that the state of Maryland cannot force state retirees onto a federal prescription drug plan until a lawsuit is decided.

U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte issued the ruling this week.

Four Maryland state retirees filed the lawsuit last month, contending that Maryland is not able to compel them to enroll in Medicare Part D when open enrollment begins Monday.

The lawsuit arises from changes made in 2011 to health benefits for state retirees.

Shareese DeLeaver-Churchill, a spokeswoman for Gov. Larry Hogan (R), says the administration hopes to work with the General Assembly to find a permanent solution. Several state lawmakers say they will introduce a bill to repeal the law that kicked retirees off the state’s prescription drug plan.

— Associated Press


Pilot named in crash at Culpeper air show

The pilot killed Friday night in the crash of an aerobatic plane at an air show was identified Saturday by state police as Jon S. Thocker of Cincinnati.

The police said he was performing “aerodynamic maneuvers” near the Culpeper Regional Airport when his home-built airplane crashed in a field. Airshow News called the plane an RV-8.

The show went on, organizers said. The show’s Facebook page thanked followers for their understanding during “this difficult time.”

The cause of the crash remained under investigation, state police said.

— Martin Weil