Prince George’s County law enforcement officials are investigating a fatal traffic accident that occurred on Jan. 27 on Pennsylvania Avenue near Parkland Drive in District Heights—the third pedestrian fatality along a stretch of the major roadway in two months.
Killed in the accident was Ahmaad Sarod Henderson, 31, of the 3500 block of 56th Street in Cheverly, according to a Prince George’s County police statement. Police said Henderson was struck about 9:45 p.m. by a car heading westbound on Pennsylvania as he walked in the street outside of a crosswalk.
Prince George's County police accident investigators are looking into the Jan. 18 pedestrian traffic death of Irvin William Starks, 24, of the 3200 block of Walters Lane in District Heights. They also investigated the Nov. 26 death of Eugene Crawford Anderson, 52, of Lanham, known as Bible Man. He was fatally struck by a pickup truck as he walked along Pennsylvania Avenue near Forestville Road.
Vernon Herron, the former county public safety director, who spent 27 years in the Maryland State Police, including eight assigned to the Forestville Barracks, located at Forestville and Pennsylvania, said pedestrian fatalities have occurred on the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue for decades.
He said “excessive speed” is likely the main reason.
“Then you add having a pedestrian walking outside of the crosswalk and increased vehicles and pedestrians. There are more vehicles traveling down Pennsylvania Avenue and a lot of homes developments and apartment developments have been built near there, so more people are mixing with the traffic.”
Starks was struck about 8:40 p.m.at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Donnell Drive in District Heights. He died at the scene. Police said he was crossing Pennsylvania at the intersection when he was hit by a car, then an SUV, and finally by another car. The drivers of the first and third cars stayed on the scene, but the driver of the green SUV took off, the police statement said. The car is likely to have a damaged right headlight. Police believe Starks was walking near or within a crosswalk, but was crossing against a no-walking signal, police said.
Motorists who regularly traveled along Pennsylvania Avenue still miss Anderson, of the 9900 block of Greenbelt Road in Lanham. He regularly walked the corridor holding a Bible, discussing scripture with anyone who talked to him and greeting motorists. On Nov. 26, about 6:15 a.m., he was hit by a truck as it attempted to merge onto Pennsylvania off southbound I-95. Anderson, who is believed to have been in the road, was wearing dark clothing and visibility was limited because it was raining, police said in the statement. The driver of the truck stayed at the scene.
Prince George’s police are also investigating pedestrian fatalities in several other locations:
*Jan. 17—Cory Hubbard, 22, of West Hampton Beach, N.Y., was struck about 1:35 a.m. at the intersection of Baltimore Avenue and Knox Road in College Park. Police said the victim was attempting to cross Baltimore Avenue outside of a crosswalk when he was struck. Police are looking for a dark blue metallic sedan.
*Jan. 13—Jose Martin Huaman, 24, of the 4900 block of 42nd Place in Hyattsville, was hit about 7:30 a.m. in the 4800 block of Rhode Island Avenue in Hyattsville. Police believe the 44-year-old driver of a Ford was heading north on Rhode Island when the car hit a patch of ice, struck the median, crossed into the southbound lane, struck Huaman in the road, and crashed into the front of a store. No charges have been filed.
*Dec. 16—Kevin Delonte Kelly, 30, of the 5100 block of Deale Drive in Oxon Hill, was fatally struck about 7:15 p.m. in the 5100 block of Indian Head Highway in Oxon Hill. Police said Kelly was attempting to cross Indian Head Highway outside of a crosswalk. The driver remained on the scene. No charges have been filed.
Herron said it is incumbent upon motorists and pedestrians to be careful.
“There are so many more pedestrians and cars out there now,” he said.