Pedestrians struck on 14th Street NW

The car struck four people as they waited in line at a food bank. Photo: Kendis Gibson

Four people were struck and injured by a car in an alley near 14th Street in Northwest Washington late Wednesday morning while they were lined up at a food bank, police say.

The crash happened in a narrow alley in the 2900 block of 14th Street NW just before 11:40 a.m., MPD officials say. The four victims, all of whom are reportedly female, suffered injuries ranging from minor to life threatening.

Organizers say there were between 300 and 400 people in line in the back of building off 14th street and Columbia road when witnesses say the Honda CRV suddenly swerved into the crowd.

Witnesses said of the four women hit. At least one was pinned. Fire officials said one of women's legs were broken.

Witnesses told police that the striking vehicle had turned to drive down the alley and swerved to avoid another car coming in the opposite direction.

One of the victims was holding a baby at the time of the crash, but the child was not injured. Witnesses tell ABC7's Kendis Gibson that the alley is a place where people line up at the food bank on a weekly basis.

The alley where Wednesday's crash happened is also the same one where a cyclist was struck and killed by a dump truck in April.

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