Justin Benedict, known throughout the D.C. area for his satirical comics was struck and killed by a car in Old Town Alexandria, reports News 4. Benedict, 55, was crossing South Washington Street at the intersection of Wilkes Street on Nov. 20 when a car struck him, police said. Medics took him to a hospital, where he died.
The News4 report added that “Benedict volunteered as a cartoonist and editor for Street Sense and published a a blog called Vagrancy Comics. No public figure was safe from his fiery political and social satire.
“Christine Axsmith says her late husband was a self-made man. “Justin grew up in the DC foster care system and he dropped out in 8th grade,” she said.
“Between drawing smiles from his fans, Benedict actively helped people struggling with addiction or in need of a home.”
According to his wife, “We need to reorient our thinking as to what is a success. A success is someone who’s touched the lives of so many people and made them laugh when they were sad.”