Suspect Sought in Fatal D.C. Hit-and-Run

Detectives with the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Investigations Unit seek the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect and vehicle sought in a fatal hit-and-run that killed 33-year-old Rakesh Patel of Silver Spring.

MPD said that the fatal hit-and-run occurred last night at the intersection of 18th Street and Florida Avenue, NW, in D.C.’s Adams Morgan neighborhood.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 8:03 pm, [the] suspect entered the victim’s unoccupied vehicle in the 1800 block of Vernon Street, Northwest,” reads an MPD news release. “The suspect attempted to flee the scene in the vehicle and struck the victim at the listed location. The suspect then fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead.”

The vehicle, shown above, is described as a dark silver Mercedes E350 with Ohio tag EVB5183.

“Anyone who has knowledge of this incident should call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411. Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.”

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