WASHINGTON (ABC7) — A popular restaurant co-owner was struck and killed by a car early Thursday morning in Northwest Washington, according to police.
Forty-four-year-old Armin Amin-Toomaji was taken to an area hospital where he later died.
On Friday morning, Chaplin's Restaurant posted a message on its Facebook page on the loss of Amin-Toomaji:
"The Chaplin's family is heart-broken by the loss of our friend, brother and legend, Armin Amin. You were a gentle giant with a huge heart - taken from us, way too soon--while always caring for others. We were blessed by your generosity, grace and spirit. You have done so much for our city and from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you and toast you for the love and leadership you have given us" ~Chaplin's
Police say the accident occurred in the 1400 block of Ninth Street and P Street NW across from his restaurant. Two pedestrians crossed the street from the east curb to west curb on Ninth Street, NW when Amin-Toomaji was hit by a car.
The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation, police add.
Alcohol does not appear to have played a role in the incident, according to police.
Metropolitan Police are asking anyone with information about this accident to call 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department's TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.
This story has been updated, Friday, August 19, 2016.