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

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    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.