Neighbor: Man hit by tree while driving car in D.C. was a caretaker, heading home to family

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A neighbor in the Northwest D.C. community where a tree fell on a man's car says the driver is her husband's caretaker.

"I'm just devastated about it because he is the kindest, most gentle, highly intelligent man," says Jill Brett. "He's a gentleman in every sense so I hope he is recovering."

Brett says he left their home in the 2500 block of 44th Street around 4:00 p.m. on Friday, as damaging winds ripped through the area, to go home to his wife and two kids.

"A few minutes later all the power went out," she said.

D.C. Fire and EMS said the man was in critical condition with life-threatening injuries when they took him to a local hospital.

Another neighbor, a doctor, said he helped assist the man and rode to the hospital with him. Another neighbor witnessed the collision and called 9-1-1.

The community still did not have power as of Saturday night and some couldn't leave their homes due to the car, tree, and power lines in the roadway.

"We have no heat and my husband's very frail so he can't be without heat, but there's no where I can take him, I can't take him to a hotel because I can't get out," said Brett.

The community was one of thousands across the DMV still experiencing outages from Friday's winds.