Christmas plans are now making way for funeral plans for one southeast D.C. family after a car struck and killed a woman who was waiting at a bus stop Tuesday night.
Mary Jones, 50, was on her way to work around 7:30 p.m. when a Cadillac jumped the curb and ran her over on the sidewalk, just outside of her house in the 4100 block of Southern Ave. SE, according to authorities. The Cadillac also struck a Metrobus sign and a trash can.
Neighbors who heard the commotion went out and tried to help. After paramedics and a medical examiner arrived, Jones was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jones' husband walked right by that scene on his way home, not realizing that it was the love of his life at the center of it all.
"I stood there for about five or 10 minutes, then I saw the medical examiner pull out the gurney ," Donald Jones said the following day. "I said, 'I don't want to see this,' so I came on in the house."
Moments later, he couldn't find his wife, so he went back to speak with an officer, who told Mr. Jones that the victim fit his wife's description.
"It's just unbearable right now. It's three days 'til Christmas, and a tragedy comes up like this," Mr. Jones said.
Two men were in the Cadillac that struck Mrs. Jones. The driver, 33-year-old Glendale Savalas Ogburn of Forestville, Md., is charged with negligent homicide. His passenger was Rockville resident Frederick Tyrone Steward, 30, who is charged with marijuana possession. Both were under the influence of drugs according to police, but there were no other drug-related charges against the men on Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, the Jones' four children, who were planning to return home for the holidays, will now also return to bury their mother.
"It cut me," said Mr. Jones, while choking back tears. "That was my heart. She's really gonna be missed, not only by me but family members, everyone."