Joseph Brown, 61, Struck by Car Walking to Doctor Appointment

A man who was struck by a truck while walking to a doctor’s appointment in Southeast D.C. died Monday, two days after his 61st birthday.

Joseph Brown was walking across the Sousa Bridge just before 6 a.m. on Valentine's Day when he was struck by a pickup truck. The driver of the truck remained on the scene.

Brown was on his way to the Potomac Avenue Metro station -- he had a doctor's appointment at George Washington University Hospital. Brown was transported to Howard University Hospital and succumbed to his injuries Monday, which included a broken vertebrae.

"My heart is heavy and I'm saddened by the way it transpired, leading up to him losing his life," his sister, Crystal Brown told News4's Shomari Stone. "He hit his brakes and he slid into my brother."

Crystal said her brother had to walk on the street because the bridge's sidewalk hadn't been cleared of snow -- he had even received a citation from police for walking on the street.

Crystal and the rest of her family celebrated her brother's 61st birthday in the hospital Saturday.

"He was quiet, he loved spaghetti... and the Redskins," she said.

Police continue to investigate the crash. 

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