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Public's Assistance Sought in Solving Fatal Hit-and-Run

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Ericka DarkThe Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in solving a fatal hit-and-run pedestrian crash. Investigators assigned to the Major Crash Investigations Unit are attempting to identify and locate the operator of a hit-and-run vehicle and request that witnesses to the incident come forward.


The crash occurred in front 509 of Eastern Avenue, NE, at approximately 10:37 pm, on Saturday, September 24, 2005. Twenty-seven-year-old Ericka Dark (pictured here), of the 3500 block of Jay Street NE, was struck while standing next to her vehicle, as she was about to get in.


The striking vehicle, which is described as a black 1987 Ford Bronco, crossed into the lane of oncoming traffic and passed between Ms. Dark and a Chrysler Concord, striking Ms. Dark and the Concord. The vehicle continued on and struck a third vehicle. While fleeing the scene, the driver struck several other vehicles along the way. The vehicle was later discovered in front of 5703 Dix Street, NE. The driver and passenger of the vehicle fled the scene without rendering assistance or making their identities known. Ms. Dark died instantly as a result of her injuries.


Anyone with information about this case is asked to call police at (202) 727-9099 or DC Crime Solvers at 1-800-673-2777.  All calls to the Crime Solvers Unit are confidential, and a caller need not give his or her name.  If the information provided by a caller to Crime Solvers leads to an arrest and indictment, that caller will be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.