Dereck Audrey, Homeless D.C. Man, Dies After Being Hit By Mercedes On K Street

WASHINGTON -- A D.C. homeless man died after a Mercedes hit him on K Street, D.C. police said.

At around 10:00 p.m. on May 16, Dereck Audrey started crossing the street from the southeast corner of K Street and Connecticut Avenue NW. A 2013 Mercedes Benz E350 hit Audrey while driving east. An ambulance took him to the hospital, and on Monday Audrey died at age 53. He had no fixed address.

Police said the case is under investigation but that there are no charges pending against the driver, identified only as an adult male. He stayed on the scene after the accident, according to police.

The most recent data shows that more than half of the District's traffic fatalities are pedestrians, giving the city the highest rate when compared with states. Thirteen out of 24 D.C. traffic deaths were pedestrians in 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Most pedestrian fatalities happen in urban areas and at night.

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