Car Crashes Into SE Street Festival

An Oxon Hill woman driving a grey Volvo station wagon careened into Unifest in Southeast DC this evening injuring more than 30 people, at least 7 critically. Unifest, held in Anacostia along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, is a huge street faire, with many streets That didn’t stop the Volvo from wreaking havoc as it slammed into people, causing significant tumult and injury.

Apparently, the woman driving the car was being pursued through Southeast DC at the time, and she was apprehended shortly thereafter. This marks the second major police-chase-turned-to-injury in the DC area in a week, after a multiple fatality crash on the Beltway earlier this week. No word yet what touched off this particular chase, but there are some questions that come to mind:

What are the policies governing in-city high-speed chases? Why weren’t there more barriers placed on MLK Drive? I know that many places when they close off roads, even just temporarily, set up large blocks that would significantly slow a vehicle attempting to traverse them. We’ll see more about this in the coming day or two, I’m sure.

2 Comments so far

  1. David (unregistered) on June 3rd, 2007 @ 12:40 am

    I heard on WTOP that the police laid their motorcycles down during the chase in front of the car to prevent the car from going further into the crowd. The car, also, supposedly had flat tires during the pursuit.


  2. sean (unregistered) on June 3rd, 2007 @ 5:14 pm

    the article you linked to says that it wasnt a chase……

    “Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said the station wagon might have been the same vehicle that struck a police car some distance away about 25 minutes earlier. She said as far as she knew, police did not pursue the vehicle after that incident.”



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