Mayor Bowser Hopes to Put Traffic Light in Front of United Medical Center - NBC4 Washington

Mayor Bowser Hopes to Put Traffic Light in Front of United Medical Center



    Pedestrian Safety Concerns Outside D.C. Hospital

    Late Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Muriel Bowser's office called News4 to say they had a possible solution to help a dangerous stretch of Southern Avenue SE where two women have been killed in hit-and-runs. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015)

    D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser hopes to have a traffic light and crosswalk in front of United Medical Center by early 2016 after two fatal hit-and-runs in recent months.

    United Medical Center is the only hospital in the district without a traffic light.

    The tentative plan is for a pedestrian-activated light to be placed at the location on Southern Avenue SE.

    Lanham, Maryland, resident, Emebet Kebede, 56, was hit by a black Chevrolet Tahoe about 6:10 p.m. in the 1300 block of Southern Avenue SE, the Metropolitan Police Department said. Kebede, a longtime physician's assistant, was leaving work.

    Hospital Worker Killed in Hit-and-Run

    [DC] Hospital Worker Killed in Hit-and-Run
    For the second time this year a woman was killed in a hit-and-run outside the United Medical Center along Southern Avenue SE, where residents say it's dangerous to cross the street.
    (Published Monday, Aug. 24, 2015)

    In April, 68-year-old Faith Pine was struck and killed in the same area.

    Though a bus stop is right across the street from the entrance to United Medical Center, the closest traffic light and crosswalk is almost two blocks down the street.