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Driver charged in death of DC pedestrian

Saturday - 11/9/2013, 11:22pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- D.C. police have charged a Maryland man with second-degree murder in the death of a pedestrian who was struck by a speeding van.

Police say 52-year-old Woodrow Johnson of Capitol Heights, Md., struck five vehicles while speeding along Benning Road, Northeast, shortly after 6 p.m. Friday. He also struck a pedestrian, identified by police as 24-year-old Shamika Smith of Washington. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police haven't said why Johnson was driving so erratically, but he was not being pursued. Police say Smith was in a crosswalk when she was struck.

Three other people suffered minor injuries when the vehicles they were riding in were struck by Johnson's van. The van belonged to a company called Ecolab, and police say it was not stolen.

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