D.C. woman killed in hit-and-run lost family in previous crash

WASHINGTON — The woman who died after a hit-and-run on Suitland Parkway Friday morning has been identified. She is a member of the same family that lost five loved ones in a crash last year, NBC 4 Washington reports.

Octavia Tillman, 31, died after a crash about 11:45 p.m. Thursday at Suitland Parkway and Firth Sterling Avenue SE, police said.

 Tillman, of Southeast D.C., was related to victims of the crash in Oxon Hill, Maryland last October that killed three women, two children and left 10 kids motherless. She was a cousin of the crash victims.

On Thursday night, Tillman was heading home from Washington Hospital Center with three coworkers in a Chrysler 300 when the car was struck by a Volvo. The driver of the Volvo and one passenger ran from the wreckage on foot, police said.

Three people riding the Chrysler were taken to a hospital, along with a second passenger in the Volvo.

The passenger in the Volvo was found nearby with injuries and was arrested.  He was also carrying a handgun. The driver is still at large. The investigation is ongoing. Police are investigating the possibility that the speeding Volvo was fleeing a previous crime, said Metropolitan Police Lt. Ronald Wilkins with the Special Operations Division.

The Metropolitan Police Department is asking anyone with information about this case to call the police at 202-727-9099. Anonymous information can be submitted to the department’s text tip line by text messaging 50411.

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