Members of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Investigations Unit are currently investigating a traffic fatality which occurred along Interstate 295. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
At approximately 2:07 am on Saturday, January 16, 2010, a 2001 Dodge Ram truck was reportedly traveling southbound on Interstate 295. As the vehicle was just north of the exit for <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>Foot Street, NE, it collided with an apparently disabled 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis that was unoccupied. The truck then subsequently struck the male operator of the Mercury who had been standing behind his vehicle that had reportedly been involved in a single vehicle collision just moments before. That individual suffered multiple injuries as result of that impact and was pronounced dead on the scene at 4:58 am by a representative from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia.
The decedent in this case has been identified as 28-year-old Oscar Noel Mercado of the 1800 block of Morris Road, SE.
The operator of the striking vehicle who has been identified as 31-year-old Antoine Awkward of Fort Washington, Maryland was transported by personnel from the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department to an area hospital and admitted for the treatment of his injuries.
At this time no charges have been filed as all of the circumstances surrounding this case remain under ongoing investigation by members from the department’s Major Crash Investigations Unit.
This is the second traffic fatality for 2010 which includes the traffic related fatality that occurred on January 3, 2010, that is being investigated by the United States Park Police.