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Man walking on roadway fatally struck by vehicle on Sousa Bridge

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A local woman is speaking out after the loss of her brother, with a reminder about the dangerous conditions on the roads during and after a snowstorm.

Family members say 61-year-old Joseph Brown was heading to the Potomac Ave Metro station, walking across the John Phillip Sousa Bridge, when he was struck and killed by a vehicle.

His sister, Crystal Adams, believes he was walking in the street to avoid the slushy sidewalks.

According to the police report, Brown was walking in the right travel lane of the bridge around 5:45 a.m. on Friday. A 2006 Chevy truck came up behind him. There was a snow plow to its immediate left and piles of snow to the right. The truck attempted to brake, but skidded right into him.

Brown's spine was fractured and Adams says he suffered internal bleeding. He died at the hospital Monday evening.

Adams says she doesn't want to see this happen to anyone else.

"If anyone is walking or has to walk in the street, use some type of reflective clothing or something,” she says. “But drivers need to be aware the average person probably would walk in the street so they need to slow down also."

Brown was actually cited with a Notice of Infraction before he passed away -- for walking in the street where there is a sidewalk provided. According to the police report, he was wearing dark clothing.

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