Terrible Accident at Meridian Hill Park Sunday Night


“Dear PoPville,

On Sunday (5/17) around 8:15 p.m. a man fell from the upper level of Meridian Hill Park, on 16th Street just south of Crescent Place. He landed on the concrete wall next to the sidewalk on 16th. According to witnesses, he was breathing when he landed and then stopped. I saw someone give him CPR until emergency services arrived and there were a number of shocked witnesses standing around – it was a grim scene. He was eventually taken away in an ambulance.

I can’t stop thinking about the victim and wondering whether he made it. 🙁 There haven’t been any news reports as far as I can find. The drum circle was still in full swing up there at the time of the accident – did anyone else see it happen?”

On Sunday a reader tweeted us the photo above:

“16th St by Meridian Hill Park, 830pm. DCFD rescuing someone from terrace below big retaining wall”

5 Comment

  • Wow that’s terrible. I guess he was sitting on the perimeter wall and fell off? Tragic.

  • I saw a brief caption about this on the local news stating that the man sadly died. Naturally, there was no mention of it in our wonderful Washington Post (hello…). It’s very disturbing, as my friend and I had just been at the top of that wall maybe an hour earlier.

  • Anyone have a link of this story??

  • I was at the park and saw a ton of emergency vehicles. One person tweeted that he thought someone fell off the retaining wall, but that was all I could find. I’ve been thinking about it a lot too.

  • I knew this gentleman…I still can’t believe it, and I was looking all over the Internet for more information. Rest in peace, buddy. I know he was enjoying a favorite peaceful spot in DC.

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