Dear PoPville – What has this Tree Consumed?

5th and Harvard St, NW on the Reservoir side

“Dear PoPville,

I noticed this a while back while running around the McMillan Reservoir.

Do you have any clue what I presume this memorial in a tree is about? So odd!”

The reader then answered their own question finding this 2005 post from DCist:

There stands a tree — the middlemost tree, in the photo above, sans leaves — and to it is nailed or otherwise affixed a small bronze plaque dedicated to the memory of … well, in the time since it was placed there, the tree has grown around it. “UIS ALBERTO VASQUEZ,” to be sure. And whatever it was happened in mid-1997.

Sometime during the early morning hours of the May 9, an intoxicated 26-year-old Maryland man, Alberto Vasquez, lost control of his Volvo on Harvard Street NW and struck a tree. With him in the car was Louis Alberto Vasquez, his 27-year-old cousin, who died on the scene.

Today you can see the plaque is almost completely swallowed up by the tree.

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