UPPER MARLBORO, MD – WJLA-TV reports that the station’s overnight photographer, Gordon Davis, 51, was struck by a car and killed around 2:40 a.m. this morning while walking across Route 301 in suburban Maryland after covering a fire at a shopping center.
Reports say Davis was going back to his vehicle after filming a fire in a framing store in a shopping mall when he was hit by a southbound car. The driver immediately stopped and alerted firefighters, who attended to the injured photographer, police said. Davis was transported to the Southern Maryland Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead a short time after arrival.
Davis worked the overnight shift for more than a decade and preferred it, coworkers said, so that he could spend more time with his wife and 15-year-old daughter.
WJLA-TV’s vice president of news, Bill Lord, told the Associated Press that Davis “was a beloved character on the overnight shift” and will be remembered as a man who worked hard and never complained. The Washington Post reports that Davis was “a fixture” on the scene of overnight shootings, fires, and accidents in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.
Maryland State Police are investigating the accident, and have said that there are no crosswalks or signals in the area where Davis was struck along a dark section of the roadway in Prince George’s County. The Post reports that the photographer’s live truck was parked on the other side of the highway, across from the fire, and that after filming Davis was walking back across the road to the news vehicle when he was struck.