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

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.

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.

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