Man Killed On Key Bridge Identified

8:12 PM, Feb 28, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- A DC Police officer was struck after he responded to an accident on the Key Bridge late Sunday night.

Officials tell 9NEWS NOW the officer responded to a serious accident involving a moped on the bridge around 10:30 p.m.  The police say Aliester Elizardo Pineda-Medrano of Arlington was walking his moped in the right hand lane toward Virginia when he was struck by a silver Mercury SUV. The silver Mercury did not stop, traveling into Virginia. Pineda-Medrano, 23, died.

Before a lookout was even posted for the vehicle, Maryland State Police say the driver was stopped by a trooper on I-270 who noticed the Mercury had two flat tires and front end damage.

He has been identified as 40-year-old Anthony Randolph. He has been charged with DUI but not with the hit-and-run on the Key Bridge.

Meanwhile, police say the officer was on the scene setting up road flares when he was hit by another car. According to police, the driver in this second incident was charged with DUI and has been identified as 37-year-old Sung Min Yang of Alexandria.  Police say Yang stayed on the scene.

Police say the  officer, a nine-year member of the 7th District, suffered serious injuries but was conscious and breathing when he was transported to a nearby hospital.  The officer is expected to be released from the hospital.

"I talked to him and he's doing well.  We expect he'll be released from the hospital," said Commander Michael Reese of DC Police's 2nd District.

The Key Bridge was shut down for several hours to allow for the investigation.  The bridge opened to inbound traffic from Virginia around 4:30 a.m.  Police reopened all of the outbound lanes at 5:45 a.m.

Written by Peggy Fox

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