Transgender Woman Struck in Northeast D.C. Hit-and-Run - NBC4 Washington

Transgender Woman Struck in Northeast D.C. Hit-and-Run

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    (Published Monday, July 10, 2017)

    D.C. police are looking for the driver who struck a transgender woman and drove away in Northeast last week.

    Friends of 26-year-old Davon Washington say she was struck intentionally.

    Amia Bagley said they were walking along K Street NE about 2 a.m. after leaving a club when two men in a dark hatchback vehicle approached them. Bagley said the men wanted Washington's phone number, but she wasn’t interested, so the group of friends continued walking.

    Washington was dancing near the middle of the street near 4th Street when the driver ran over her, Bagley said.

    “When she was hit, it happened so fast that none of us had time to think but call 911,” Bagley said. “It was just don't move her body because she went all the way in the air… We were panicking because she wasn't moving. She wasn't conscious at the time.”

    Some of Washington's friends believe she was targeted.

    "You have homophobic people out here," one friend said. "You have people who don't like transgender people."

    Police aren't saying whether Washington was targeted because she's a transgender woman, but the LGBT unit of the police department is assisting in the investigation.

    Police did not provide an update on Washington’s condition.