this afternoon a truck drove straight into the billboarded and vacant corner of MLK / Good Hope. Word from the officers at the scene is that the driver had a diabetic episode while driving and lost control of the vehicle. Fortunately nobody else was injured and the driver is okay (again, word from the officers on the ground).
Contrary to various twitter and media reports, the property that the truck crashed through was not a building. At one point it was the site of the old People's Drug, but, it has been for many years just an empty, boarded-up lot behind which is a drop down to a basement level. This little strip of MLK / Good Hope is like Anacostia's own Shiloh Baptist issue, as it is owned by the pastor of Union Temple. The corner parcel was for sale this spring, but was either pulled from the market or sold.