Shamika Latrice Smith killed in NE collision
WASHINGTON (WJLA) - A woman was killed and four others were injured after a driver struck multiple cars in the area of Benning Road and East Capitol Street NE Friday evening around 6:10 p.m., according to police.
The driver who reportedly caused this path of death and destruction is 52-year-old Woodrow Johnson of Capitol Heights, and police say he will stay behind bars without bond.
Johnson was driving a van when he came upon cars stopped at a light. He then swerved into oncoming traffic and struck 24-year-old Shamika Smith of the District in the crosswalk at East Capitol Street.
Witnesses say she was dragged at least 150 feet, and it’s fair to assume that Smith had no idea what was coming at her because police said the van’s headlights were off and it was already dark out.
In court on Monday, prosecutors said that she had the right of way and that surveillance video shows Johnson failing to slow down or to brake in order to avoid striking Ms. Smith. She suffered massive blunt force impact trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene.
On Monday morning, two teddy bears mark the place where Smith died, the tragedy a result of what prosecutors argue was a drugged man behind the wheel. Court papers revealed that Johnson admitted to staff at Prince George’s Hospital that he had ingested the intoxicant PCP prior to the incident.
After the accident, Johnson was arrested and transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. He has been charged with second-degree murder.