At approximately 1:29 am, on Monday, February 20, 2006, a 1974 Buick was reportedly being operated at a high rate of speed traveling eastbound in the 1300 block of Florida Avenue, NE. It was at this time that the vehicle apparently struck the curb and subsequently entered the westbound lane of travel, striking a 2001 Ford Expedition.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
The operator of the Buick, identified as 29-year-old Delonte O. Simmons Jr., of the 1300 block of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>F Street, NE, was transported to the WashingtonHospitalCenter's MedStar Unit and pronounced dead at approximately 4:04 am. The driver of the Ford Expedition, identified as 35-year-old Fitzgerald Alphonso Taylor, of the 11000 block of Cherryhill Road in Beltsville, Maryland, was not injured.
The case is under investigation by members of the Metropolitan Police Department's Major Crash Investigations Unit.