Arrest made in yesterday’s fatal crash involving a pedestrian that took place in the 400 Block of H St, NW

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From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Unit have announced an arrest has been made in a fatal crash involving a pedestrian that took place in the 400 Block of H St Northwest.

On Monday, February 23, 2015, at 4:49 pm, the driver of a black 2013 Nissan Xterra was traveling at a high rate of speed westbound on H Street, N.W. He lost control of the vehicle side swiping several vehicles and other objects before hitting a wall. The impact from colliding with the wall caused the Nissan to flip over and strike a pedestrian, who was standing along the sidewalk. The Nissan then came to rest on its passenger side after making contact with a street light pole. Another pedestrian was then injured by the crash debris.

DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the pedestrians to area hospitals. The first pedestrian, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as 27 year-old, Philip Snodgrass of Baldwin, Maryland. The second pedestrian, an adult male, was treated and released.

The driver of the Nissan was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries. The driver, who has been identified as 33 year-old, James B. Chandler, of Silver Spring, Maryland was arrested following his release from the hospital and charged with Involuntary Manslaughter.

The Metropolitan Police Department is asking anyone with information about this case to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

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  • So damn sad and stupid. Was dude drunk? I can’t imagine any sane/sober person would think it could be a good idea to travel at a high rate of speed given the construction, intersection and weather conditions. Dude essentially took someone’s life, someone’s child and possibly someone’s father or brother because of stupidity at the very least.
    The other thing I don’t get that if this was at 5p as it says, how is it possible to go that fast? I go through that area all of the time during rush hour and we are barely moving.

  • It looks like it came to rest on driver side, not passenger side.

  • Maryland driver; big surprise.

    • Same car even. Ugh.

      • And how is that remotely pertinent?

        • It makes it feel more real to me, and therefore even sadder.

        • I am assuming that the guy who got off because of the illegal search in the article is the same dude who crashed his Xterra here, right?

          • Yes, same guy, and the Post article this morning recounts even more problems this vehicular murderer has had with drugs and moving violations. If there could be any good to come out of this horrible incident I would hope it might dawn on public officials that some people are a menace behind the wheel with records to prove it, and suspension of driving licences should be more readily and forcefully imposed.

  • Fox 5 News says police suspect the driver was on drugs, and that the pedestrian killed worked for the National Federation of Federal Employees and was pursuing an advanced degree at Georgetown Law. Rest in peace.

  • HaileUnlikely

    The charging documents are available online. It appears that the driver was fleeing from a prior crash, was likely impaired by any number of drugs, admits using PCP occasionally but not prior to the crash, and doesn’t remember any of what happened.

  • I think NBC 4 said the driver had a history of dangerous driving incidents. Regardless, he needs to do serious time. Maybe let him out when he reaches 75.

  • Reading the account of this accident makes me cringe. Be careful out there, everyone.

  • What an incredibly sad story from every angle. RIP, Philip.

  • Search for James B Chandler on the Maryland courts

    Guy’s been arrested a dozen times for serious motor vehicle violations, like going 105 MPH in a 50 MPH zone, driving drunk, suspended license, etc. Really sad that the justice system couldn’t get and keep him off the road before someone died. Hopefully the judge in this case will bring the hammer down based on the priors.

    • Maybe I’m reading the report wrong, but I’m seeing 17 traffic cases (including multiple involving intoxication) and 7 criminal cases against this guy in the last 3-4 years. I thought most people lost their license after a single drunk driving charge?

      • He did lose his license. Many of the tickets are for driving with a suspended license. The sad thing is that taking a license away doesn’t stop someone from driving who has no respect for the law or his fellow citizens. I’m generally all for giving people a second chance but this record indicates this person needs to be locked away from the rest of us for a long, long time.

        • Let me guess: the brilliant punishment for driving on a suspended license is… further suspension of the license?

          Makes as much sense as suspending kids for skipping school.

        • +1 to “The sad thing is that taking a license away doesn’t stop someone from driving who has no respect for the law or his fellow citizens.”

      • How did he even have a license?

    • Now, that is depressing. Read about his numerous arrests for traffic violations, including one less than a month ago, and one at the end of December. This guy has been a nuisance for all of his life, and he’ll continue to be a ward of the state now that he’s going to prison. What a waste.

  • Philip was an acquaintance of mine at Indiana University, where we attended undergrad. We weren’t close, but we had many mutual friends. When we hung out at parties I always found him to be really funny and kind. He was really well liked by a large group of friends and he seemed to get along well with everyone. He will be missed. Rest in peace.

  • “The Nissan then came to rest on its passenger side after making contact with a street light pole.”

    At what point was the car flipped to the driver’s side, as the photo shows?

  • Quick clarification: the driver was charged with second degree murder (which carries a sentence of up to life in prison), not involuntary manslaughter. There seems to be some confusion with various media outlets reporting involuntary manslaughter, but the charging documents say second degree murder.

    RIP Phil, we love you always!!

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