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Pedestrian killed when car jumps curb in Prince George’s, police say

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A pedestrian was standing on a median in Prince George’s County when a car swerved, jumped the curb of the median and struck him, police said.

Richard Edward Smith Jr., 58, of Capitol Heights, was killed in that incident on Central Avenue in Capitol Heights about 2 p.m. on Thursday, the Prince George’s police said.

They said the westbound car that struck him at Davey Street had swerved to avoid another car. That car had pulled out from Davey Street onto westbound Central, the police said.

Smith was one of four people killed Thursday in the Washington area in four separate traffic incidents. The four included two motorists and two pedestrians, according to police.

Two of the crashes involving motorists occurred in Prince William County. The first of those occurred about 10:20 a.m. along Fuller Heights and Old Triangle roads in the Triangle area.

Skye Elizabeth Richardson, 27, of Woodbridge was driving east on Fuller Heights when she lost control, according to a preliminary investigation, county police said. They said she left the road and hit two trees. She died at the scene, Prince William police said.

The other crash in Prince William occurred just after 6 p.m. along the Prince William County Parkway at Hynson Drive in Manassas.

Police said Kinlaw David Stephens III, 44, of Gainesville, was operating a motorcycle eastbound on the parkway when he veered into the center median and hit a vehicle going in the opposite direction.

Stephens, who wore a helmet, died at the scene, police said. The other driver suffered minor injuries, police said.

In Montgomery County, a fatal crash involving a pedestrian occurred just after 9 p.m. along New Hampshire Avenue near Oakview Drive in the Hillandale area.

Police said a 2017 Toyota Tacoma traveling north on New Hampshire approaching Oakview Drive struck the pedestrian, identified as Zoila Hermelinda Cruz de Dominguez, 75, who died at the scene.

Another crash in Montgomery left a motorcycle driver with critical injuries. In that incident, police said an initial investigation found the motorcycle driver was headed south on Shady Grove Road near Epsilon Drive in Gaithersburg just before 4 p.m., when the motorcycle collided with a van making a turn from northbound Shady Grove Road.

Police said the motorcyclist was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The van driver was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to Montgomery police.

The crashes remain under investigation.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said the motorcycle driver in the Shady Grove Road collision had died of the injuries.

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