Case of Traffic Accident Turned Deadly Set for Trial

A man charged with murder for his alleged role in a deadly traffic accident was scheduled for trial after plea negotiations fell through.

In the early morning hours of June 13, 2021, 59-year-old Antonio Felder was standing at a bus stop on the 1500 block of 14th Street, NW, when Gerald Lewis allegedly struck him with his vehicle. According to court documents, Lewis approached a police officer saying, “I’m right here. I was driving. I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry. I’m sorry.” He proceeded to beg someone to save Felder before reportedly saying, “y’all not about to get me for a f****** murder bro.” Lewis allegedly told officers he had a drink “like an hour or two ago.”

Lewis, 30, is charged with second-degree murder.

Back in January, parties said they were in preliminary plea negotiations. When they convened again on March 4, they told DC Superior Court Judge Rainey Brandt they were not able to come to an agreement.

Judge Brandt scheduled Lewis’ trial to take place in September.

Lewis has yet to be indicted. The prosecutor said they were not giving as much attention to indicting this case because the defendant is on pretrial release. They expect to have an indictment ready in the coming months.

A trial readiness hearing is scheduled for May 4. In the meantime, Lewis will remain in the High Intensity Supervision Program.