WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) - The driver of a Ford Explorer
was killed in a crash near Dupont Circle, at about 3:20 a.m. Monday. DC Police say the 27-year-old Temple Hills man and his passenger were in a 1999 Ford Explorer and were traveling northbound on Connecticut Avenue NW, at a high rate of speed.
Police say after passing beneath Dupont Circle, the SUV driver was apparently attempting to maneuver around a slower-moving vehicle, when he lost control of the Explorer, and struck a Pepco pole and a tree in the 1700 block of Connecticut Avenue.
The driver had to be extricated by DC Fire/EMS personnel and was subsequently pronounced dead. The front seat passenger was conscious and alert when emergency crews arrived, and was admitted to an area hospital.
Assistant police chief Patrick Burke could not confirm unofficial reports that the vehicle in the crash had been stolen. DC police say the accident is still under investigation, but speed is the primary factor in the crash at this point.
Written by Bill Starks
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