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Dump truck hits, kills Washington D.C. area woman

A recent deadly truck accident in the Washington D.C. area is a tragic reminder that a dump truck can cause serious harm to people on the road. A woman was struck by a passing dump truck and killed on a residential street on Feb. 24. She was 39 and the mother of at least one child.

Few details of this terrible truck accident are available, but it appears that the victim was leaving for the day when it happened. She was putting her child in her minivan when she was struck. The dump truck also crashed into her vehicle, causing a sound that alerted neighbors.

Someone called 911, but the victim could not be saved. No injuries to the child were reported. A neighbor called this accident a “tragic loss.”

Police have not charged the dump truck driver with a crime as yet. However, they are investigating. The driver is said to be cooperating.

The conditions of the road may have contributed to the woman’s death. Neighbors said that the road is often very narrow because people park their cars on both sides. Despite this, motorists often drive fast.

It is possible that an investigation will show that the dump truck driver should have slowed down to account for people getting in and out of their vehicles on that stretch of road. If that could be shown to have been a reasonable safety precaution that the driver did not take, he and his employer could be liable for the victim’s wrongful death.

Source: WTTG-TV, “Woman killed after being struck by dump truck in Arlington,” Kellee Azar, Feb. 24, 2014

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