Props to the Cops – Arrest Made in Hit and Run where Cyclist was Killed at 8th and S St, NW

8th and S St, NW Sept. 20th

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Unit have announced an arrest has been made in the fatal hit and run that occurred at the intersection of 8th and S Streets, NW.

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, at approximately 2:33 am, a bicyclist was on 8th Street, NW when she was struck by a light colored SUV that was traveling southbound on 8th Street, NW. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the victim to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 53 year-old Tonya Reaves of Northeast, Washington, DC.

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 20-year-old Dajane Thomas of Southeast, Washington DC, was arrested pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant charging her with Murder Two.”

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  • Is it me or does it seem like hit and runs are becoming more common? I can’t fathom hitting another human being with my vehicle and then fleeing the scene. What kind of coward does that?

    • To be honest, I can see how it happens. Take a giant SUV, crank up the stereo, throw in a cell phone and/or some drinks, a dark night night a pedestrian wearing dark clothing, and the driver may well not notice the bump, or if they notice they’ll chalk it up to a pothole. I don’t think I could hit someone in my Civic and not realize it, but in a Suburban or a Navigator, maybe.
      I don’t mean in any way to absolve these drivers, and many of them clearly do know what happened and hope that by getting away they won’t be connected to the crime. But never underestimate the ability of a distracted/drunk driver not to notice something.

  • austindc

    This is such a sad story, but nice work by the cops. It’s refreshing to hear about these hit and run drivers actually being tracked down and brought to justice.

  • I wonder what the evidence was. Traffic or surveillance camera? And if so, will those be used more often for tracking down criminals? Seems like the cops only rarely even check for footage of the crime.

  • POP, I am certainly not opposed to giving the police credit where it is due, but I wonder about some of these “Props to the Cops” entries. Arrests, alone, are not proof of of guilt; and as we have seen all too often, the police are often under serious pressure to make an arrest and do get it wrong at times, including arrests for serious offenses. This may not be one of those cases, but shouldn’t we wait to see what the evidence is and whether this person is convicted (though I recognize that a non-conviction doesn’t necessarily mean innocence either) before giving the cops “props” for these types of arrests?

  • Does anyone know the details of this incident? That intersection is a 4-way stop, correct? How could a car have enough speed to kill a cyclist unless the car didn’t stop at all?

    • A car doesn’t need to be going very fast to kill a cyclist. Cars are much much heavier than people and bikes so it doesn’t take a lot of speed to deliver a very forceful blow. The speed of the bicycle, the way the two come together, and the way the cyclist comes off the bicycle all matter too. It doesn’t take much to send a cyclist flying.

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