Pedestrian dead after crash in Fort Washington

A man is dead after being hit by a car in Prince George’s County, Maryland, late Tuesday night.

According to Prince George’s County police, the accident happened around 11 p.m. Tuesday, near the intersection of Indian Head Highway and Kirby Hill Road in the Fort Washington area.

When officers arrived, they found a man in the roadway. He died at the scene.

Police later identified the man as 56-year-old Huerta Melendez of Montgomery Village, Maryland. He was working on-site as a roadway construction worker on Indian Head Highway at the time of the accident.

According to the preliminary investigation, a driver drove over several traffic cones before striking Melendez, who was standing on a closed section of the roadway. The car then hit a median and a second vehicle before stopping.

The driver of the striking car was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The second driver was not injured.

Police did not identify the driver who hit Melendez. It is unknown if the driver will be charged.

Anyone with information on the accident is asked to call the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit at 301-731-4422.

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Juan Herrera

Juan Herrera is an associate producer for WTOP News. He joined the radio news team in 2021 after previously working for WMAL News as a news assistant. He is a graduate of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

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