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The Blotter for June 3

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A 31-year-old man was gunned down in Northeast D.C. Saturday evening, according to D.C. police. Robert Plight was found with gunshot wounds about 8:10 p.m. on the 4400 block of Benning Road, which is near 44th Street and the Benning Road Metrorail stop on the Blue Line, according to Metropolitan Police. Plight was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Police had not made any arrests as of Sunday afternoon.

Driver arrested after hitting cyclist on W&OD trail

A 28-year-old McLean woman has been charged with drunk driving and felony hit and run after police said she ran over a bicyclist on a bike trail with her car. Her 2005 Toyota was traveling at a high rate of speed along the Washington & Old Dominion Trail about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, according to Fairfax County police, when she hit a 65-year-old biker from behind on the trail. Vienna police received numerous calls from others who were almost struck by the driver and jumped to safety. The Toyota continued down the trail into the town of Vienna, where a police officer spotted it. Mehak Chopra was pulled over and arrested. Investigators believe she drove about five miles, beginning in Reston, along the paved recreational trail which follows the path of the old Washington and Old Dominion railroad tracks.

Va. man charged in deadly Fairfax crash with taxi

A 24-year-old Herndon man has been charged with two counts of aggravated involuntary manslaughter after a deadly crash killed two men and seriously injured a taxi driver. Manuel Alejandro Jimenez Benitez was driving a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer on Fairfax County Parkway about 1:45 a.m. Saturday when he veered into the opposite lanes near Wiehle Avenue, according to Fairfax County police. The taxi driver, a 47-year-old Herndon man whose name was not released, tried to avoid being hit as he traveled in the opposite lanes, police said, but the vehicles collided. The two passengers in the taxi, a 29- and 34-year-old who lived together in Sterling, were not wearing seat belts. Both men died at the scene. Police had not released their names as of Sunday as they were still trying to reach family members. The taxi driver was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Jimenez Benitez had injuries that were not considered life-threatening. Police are still investigating but said they believe alcohol and speed were contributing factors. -- Kytja Weir

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