Today in People Driving Poorly

flipped
Park Road, NW just west of 14th.

Kyle wrote:

“An SUV traveling westbound down Park Road in Columbia Heights flipped Saturday night. I walked past around 11:30, but it looked like the crash had happened earlier in the evening. There were a lot of police on the scene.”

and thank to Craig for sending the shot below. Ed. Note: DC plates.

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16 Comment

  • I saw an accident in the same spot a year ago with a guy in a jeep. He took out the street lamp and a small tree. I was walking by right as the medics showed up and he looked pretty drunk. Thankfully no one was on that part of the sidewalk.

  • Driver should be arrested and jailed for reckless endangerment and billed for any damage caused to public infrastructure.

  • Okay, I’ll be the one to say it this time: how does this even happen??? Was there a second car involved? That stretch of Park Road is narrow and congested, and you couldn’t go more than about 20 mph even if you wanted to.

    • +1. My thought too! So weird!

    • justinbc

      Upside down and sideways, that’s some talent!

    • Yeah, and looking at the picture, that is really close to 14th. Not a lot of space to get up to speed. I’m always puzzled by how these car flips happen, but this one is really baffling.

      • Here’s my guess: this driver went barrelling through the intersection at 14th (probably trying to beat a red light), came upon the usual backup/congestion in the block far too fast to stop, and swerved hard to the left to try to avoid rear-ending the car in front of them.

        All my other explanations involve supernatural forces or aliens.

  • Is this the fate of all the people I see racing down narrow, low-speed-limit streets to reach the next stop as quickly as possible? I always wonder what happens to those people.

  • Popville has a grant for people driving poorly segment? Quite fitting!

  • Reckless driving just infuriates me. That no pedestrians have been injured in these accidents is amazing. This is not an “accident”, this is reckless endangerment.

  • This is no more common in DC than any other city. It is actually extremely easy to flip a car or SUV and it happens constantly all over the country.

    • ah

      Well sure, but it’s got to be a lot easier to flip one taking an exit ramp on I-80 in Nebraska too fast for conditions than on a narrow city street.

  • Again. HOW?!?!
    Short of someone popping out of a manhole in a Marval movie, I do not understand how this happens on a narrow straight one-way street.

    • justinbc

      Damn those sewer-living Ninja Turtles and their hi-jinks!

      • Yeah, it seems crazy. Maybe flew through the intersection and then clipped a car and careened of a curb? I would love to blame one of DC’s moon-crater like potholes that adorn our streets, but even that seems implausible.