Plants dot the sidewalk at the three-block stretch of Adams Morgan known as “Pinky Strand.” It’s a popular gathering spot for artists and people who enjoy walking around the area. But last week, I got hit by a vehicle. A car drove into the crowd near the intersection of 19th and U streets, N.W. While checking my wounds on the sidewalk, I saw many other people who had also been hit.
A teenager lies on the ground next to his girlfriend. “She’s like, ‘don’t pull your hair or anything.’” At the intersection of 18th and U, a woman wearing a purple-and-red headscarf is praying over her friend. “Please don’t leave your friend. Please don’t leave her,” she says.
I was lucky. I managed to survive with a cut on my nose and a few bruises on my legs. My 6-year-old cousin, whose legs were also grazed by the car, was hit by the driver’s side mirror and suffered a slight head injury. But I’m still shaken up.
On Jan. 18, a 17-year-old had her leg broken by a car in the same area; her friend fell onto the pavement and hit her head. Many of the pedestrians in the area are homeless or simply don’t feel safe walking around Adams Morgan on a Sunday night. I’ve heard of an excessive amount of police presence in the area. Nevertheless, car and bike crashes still happen to everyone.
Washington is getting better at sharing information about traffic violations — like parking or speeding violations — on social media. If that saves lives, I’m all for it. My neighbor reported me to the Washington Police Department after I was hit, and they said they would look into the matter. They were right. The driver of the car has yet to be identified.
It’s still unsafe to be on the sidewalk, and I hope that a driver will be held accountable for hitting and injuring pedestrians. In fact, I’m willing to bet that the driver couldn’t have done any more to avoid hitting the scene.