COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA 9) -- A hit and run accident in the early morning hours Sunday in College Park has again raised concern about the clash between pedestrians and cars at some busy intersections near the University of Maryland campus.
A young woman was killed along Route 1 by an alleged drunk driver. The accident took place just before 3 a.m. Sunday on Route 1, also known as Baltimore Avenue, at the intersection with Hartwick Street.
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Twenty-one-year-old Janell Oni of Randallstown, Md. was killed as she tried to cross the street, just as the local bars were closing. Spokesman Mark Brady with Prince George's County fire says this particular intersection, which does not have a stop light, is dangerous. There have been three pedestrian accidents there in the past three months, Brady says.
Brady says community leaders have been trying to come up with some ways to better manage traffic, especially during the early morning hours when the bars close.
Police say the driver of the car which hit Oni was 33-year-old Jacky Luangraj of Manassas, Va. He did not stop at the scene, but police caught up with his minivan a short distance later.
Luangraj faces 13 charges, including negligent auto homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol. Police say his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit of .08. Police said Luangraf is being held without bond.
Some residents in the area say something has to be done to prevent more tragedy.
Gwen Beckwich, a local Pastor, says people who cross the street need to pay more attention to where they are going and those who drive through need to slow down.
Police say they are looking for anyone who may have seen the crash to help with their investigation.
Anyone with information on the accident is being asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. The calls are kept anonymous.