A taxi driver is apparently responsible for a hit-and-run accident in Prince George’s County that injured a teen on Thursday, February 7.
According to police reports, a 14-year-old boy was attempting to cross the street in the 4700 block of Wheeler Road near Iverson Street in Oxon Hill at about 6:30 p.m. The boy, who has not been identified, was not using a crosswalk.
As he entered the road, he was struck by a vehicle, which a witness identified as a dark-colored taxicab. The driver did not stop.
When officers of the Prince George’s County Police Department arrived, they found the boy lying in the middle of the street. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
Thanks to the help of a witness, investigators tracked down the taxi responsible for the hit-and-run to the Southern Avenue Metro Station, about two miles from where the accident occurred.
The driver of the cab was taken into custody and charges are pending. Police believe the car may have been speeding. Police have not identified the driver or the cab company that employed him.
Meanwhile, a train hit a car on Wednesday, February 6, leaving another young man with critical injuries.
According to the Prince George’s County Police Department, a 25-year-old man driving a Ford Mustang was hurt when he attempted to cross the railroad tracks on Brandywine Road near Ice Plant Road.
It is unclear why he continued onto the tracks despite flashing red lights. There are no crossing arms at this particular train crossing.
A CSX train hit the car, ejecting the driver from the vehicle. He was rushed to the hospital via helicopter with severe head trauma and remains in critical condition.