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“Dear PoPville,

This morning at about 8:30 AM, a driver crashed into my building, at the corner of Quarry and Summit. (the same street where a car went down the small staircase a week or two ago). There was no damage to the house, but the car hit our gas meter, causing gas to leak out all through the building and outside. The fire department and police came, and everyone in the three apartments evacuated or was at work. The driver is fine too, and was there with us talking to the police. They are still clearing everything up now, and Washington Gas is shutting off the gas.

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For reasons I don’t understand, the fire department decided to break in the doors of all three apartments to get in, to check for people inside, even though one apartment’s residents were all at work, and I and the residents of another apartment were standing outside, watching, and we knew no one was left inside. We just didn’t notice the firemen breaking in until late. There is doorframe and siding damage, and one apartment’s door was broken even though it was unlocked. We’re talking with the landlord about the damage, and I imagine there has to be way to get insurance compensation/ to file a complaint from the fire department. Has anyone else had a similar experience with the fire department?”

Ed. Note: I imagine the Fire Department has to err on the side of caution in cases like this.

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A reader reports around 5:45am Sunday:

“Overturned car on 13 between Girard and Harvard. Driver seems okay but is freaking out yelling expletives a lot. Doesn’t seem to be anyone else involved. Oh, and ambulance/fire dept here within 3 minutes of my 911 call. Amazing! Took police TEN minutes. Seriously. Ten. Like shouldn’t they be patrolling nearby?

No idea how someone could flip a car between a stop sign and a stoplight.”

Video of the car being righted:

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“Dear PoPville,

There was yet another crash on the 4500 block of Arkansas Avenue last night. Our neighbor’s car was crashed into by an SUV, pushed 20+ feet off the curb onto the sidewalk and ultimately into a tree.

The SUV that caused the crash fled the scene leaving debris all over the street and police took over an hour to respond to the 911 call. When they did, they were unable to run the license plate due to a broken computer.

This is the latest in an ongoing pattern of crashes on our street made possible by unsafe traffic conditions, which was covered extensively in the news this spring and summer. DDOT made safety recommendations which have not been implemented, and the city has refused to eliminate the rush hour lane which encourages speeding on our residential street. We have been given no support in resolving this issue.

The family whose car was totaled last night has two young kids, and there have been others who’ve been gravely injured. I’m just a concerned neighbor who is trying to spread the word.

More information about our campaign to make our street safer is available here.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user philliefan99

“Dear PoPville,

I have to complete 6 hours of court ordered community service. I would like to do it in the neighborhood [Petworth] and I thought maybe the readers may have some suggestions. It cannot be a church or school and the place has to be 501(c)(3) organization.

What did I do to get this? Reckless driving charge for going over 80 mph on route 81. In VA reckless driving is anything going over 80mph (no matter the posted speed-in my case it was 70mph) or 20 mph over the posted speed limit and it is a Class 1 Misdemeanor. One step below a felony.

DO NOT SPEED IN VA!!

People have gone to jail over this so I consider myself lucky for now. My charge will be reduced to Improper Driving if I satisfy all of the following by October 8th review.
-pay $500 fine
-complete drivers improvement
-complete 6 hours of community service
-infraction free until review date

Not to mention lawyer fees.

FYI
The maximum penalty for reckless driving is:
-Twelve months in jail
-Six months suspension of your Virginia driver’s license
-Six months suspension of your privilege to operate a motor vehicle in Virginia if you are licensed elsewhere,
-A fine of up to $2,500″

MonroeCar

“Dear PoPville,

There has been an abandoned car parked continuously in the 1200 block of Monroe Street NW for nearly four months, and I’ve been unable to get it towed. It was first ticketed in March 2014, and it’s been ticketed every Monday (for street sweeping violations) since then. The tickets just continue to pile up on the windshield. I submitted a 311 request in April to get the car towed, and I contacted Jim Graham’s constituent services in May for help getting in touch with DPW– both times I received no response.

I don’t understand how an abandoned car can sit in the middle of Columbia Heights (where parking is already at a premium) for four months. Any idea how to finally get this abandoned car out of the neighborhood? Thanks for any help you can provide!”