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Highway Accident Brief: Fatal Pedestrian Collision with Car Capitol Heights, Maryland, July 20, 2016

Executive Summary

​On Wednesday, July 20, 2016, about 4:19 p.m., a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta occupied by a 19-year-old female driver and a 17-year-old male passenger was eastbound on Central Avenue (State Route 214) near the Addison Road Metrorail (Metro) station in Capitol Heights, Prince George’s County, Maryland. Meanwhile, an 18-year-old male pedestrian had crossed the eastbound lanes of Central Avenue and was standing in a crosswalk on the median that separates the opposing lanes of travel. As the driver approached the median, she lost control of her vehicle, which traveled onto the median and struck a traffic sign, a concrete raised curb, the pedestrian, a pedestrian warning sign, and a barrier fence along the north side of the median (figure 1). The vehicle then left the median, continued about 200 feet east, crossing all westbound lanes of Central Avenue, and came to final rest on the sidewalk.


Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the crash in Capitol Heights, Maryland, was the unlicensed driver’s excessive speed and failure to maintain control of the car so as to avoid colliding with the pedestrian.


Accident Location: Capitol Heights , MD USA  
Accident Date: 7/20/2016
Accident ID: HWY16SH021, DCA15SS005

Date Adopted: 7/2/2018
NTSB Number: HAB1806
NTIS Number:  

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