On Saturday, January 28, 2006, at approximately 7:45 pm, two pedestrians were struck by a motor vehicle in the 800 block of Southern Avenue, SE. The pedestrians were transported by a DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department ambulance to a local hospital. One of them, identified as 25-year-old Shanika Nicole Howard, of no fixed address, was critically injured. Her son, 7-year-old Jay Shawn Howard, was pronounced dead.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
Reportedly, the accident occurred when the mother and child, who had just exited a Metrobus, were crossing the roadway from the Maryland side of Southern Avenue toward a residence in the District of Columbia. A Jeep Cherokee that was traveling in the northeast-bound lane of Southern Avenue struck them.
The driver was not injured. Neither speed nor alcohol on the part of the driver was a factor in the accident. Preliminary investigation indicates that the cause of the accident was a pedestrian violation.
This case is under investigation by members of the Metropolitan Police Department's Major Crash Investigations Unit.
On Tuesday, January 31, 2006, Shanika Nicole Howard was pronounced dead from injuries she received in this incident.