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Cassandra Ross of greater Upper Marlboro said she had spoken to her son over the phone just minutes before he was run over by a vehicle and killed in Washington, D.C.

“He called me at 10 to tell me he was there and that he loved me,” she said, mentioning that he was going to a nightclub. “That's when he was hit. I can't believe it. The car hit him and didn't bother to stop.”

Metropolitan Police Department officials said Darnell Ross, 20, of the 3200 block of Marcando Lane in greater Upper Marlboro, was crossing the 100 block of M Street in northeast D.C. around 10:38 p.m. Feb. 16 when he fell down and was run over by a passing vehicle and taken to an area hospital, where he died.

District police officers said he was using a crosswalk at the time and the vehicle did not stop after striking him.

Police are now seeking the vehicle involved and asking for those with information of the incident to come forward.

“We're hoping witnesses would come forward,” Cassandra Ross said.

Cassandra Ross, 62, said her son was a 2010 graduate of Wise High School in Upper Marlboro and was planning to attend the University of Maryland, College Park, next year.

“He planned to be a millionaire by age 25,” she said, noting that he was aspiring to become a computer programmer. “He was a very fun-loving person and easy going. He was loved by everyone.”

District police continue to investigate the crash, police said.

Anyone with information of the incident is asked to call the police department at 202-727-9099.

djgross@gazette.net