A driver has been charged with an alcohol-related offense after police say she fatally struck a woman walking on a sidewalk in Southeast D.C. Sunday.
The victim was walking along S. Capitol Street near 1st Street SE when she was struck by a white Toyota around 3:20 p.m. The Toyota came to rest on a nearby sidewalk; the driver stayed on the scene.
Police haven't released the woman's identity, but her fiance told News4's Darcy Spencer that he is shocked by her death.
"I don't know what I'm going to do know," said Floyd Little Sr. "That was my rock. That's the woman I love, looked forward to marrying. This is not right."
Little was walking with the victim after church, when, according to police, the driver of the Toyota ran a red light and jumped the curb to avoid hitting another car. The car struck the woman on the sidewalk, pinning her to a tree.
"I ran one way, I ran in the street, and she ran toward the woods," Little said.
The walk was part of the woman's regular Sunday routine, her son told Spencer. She would go to church each Sunday, and then collect her shopping bags and walk to the store.
"A lot of people just saw her coming from church," her son said. "You just leave from church, go in the house and get your shopping bags and you take a walk to go get groceries and you lose your life..."
The scene drew a crowd of relatives, neighbors and onlookers.
"This lady is by far one of the biggest angels in the world," a woman told Spencer on the scene. "She's an angel, you can't put it any other way... and she's gone now."
The driver of the striking vehicle is facing a DUI charge, but police say more charges may be filed.