Virginia man struck and killed on I-295 in DC

An Alexandria, Virginia, man has been killed in a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 295 in Southeast D.C.

It happened Monday just around 3:15 a.m. after Rhyes Patrick-James Harris, 30, parked a silver 2001 Toyota Corolla on the left shoulder on Interstate 295 South before exits 1B and 1C, with the car’s hazard lights activated. D.C. police said the car appeared to be having mechanical issues.

Harris was standing outside of the car, on the passenger side, when he was struck by a vehicle. The driver of the striking vehicle fled the scene. D.C. Fire and EMS responded and found Patrick-James dead. His body was taken to the medical examiner’s office.

Police said the striking vehicle is possibly a 1999 to 2003 Ford Windstar minivan. It may have a broken windshield and a missing driver’s side headlamp.

You can see photos of a similar vehicle model below

Police are looking for a vehicle, similar to the ones above, involved in a crash that struck and killed a Virginia man on Interstate 295. (Courtesy D.C. police)

Anyone with information on what happened should call D.C. police at 202-727-9099.

WTOP’s Abigail Constantino contributed to this report. 

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