07/22/13 3:15pm

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The Washington Post reported on Friday:

“A woman swam to safety in the Chesapeake Bay Friday night after her car plunged 40 feet off the Bay Bridge following a collision.”

I can’t believe she was able to, thankfully, swim to safety. Absolutely amazing. And terrifying that it could happen.

She tells NBCWashington:

“Everything around me exploded,” Lake said. “Glass everywhere, airbag in my face and I felt that this was it.”

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07/11/13 1:55pm

“Dear PoPville,

Today at around lunch (12:15 ish) I saw an International Limousine Service van back into a car at 13&I NW (This is the corner of Franklin Park, the corner with the greek restaurant). It was a purple box-type car (like the Scion, but I don’t know for sure that it was a Scion). If this is your car, let me know and I’ll give you all the driver’s information that I took down, because he sure didn’t leave it.

I’ve already called to leave a message with the guy’s manager. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t have called at all because it wasn’t a very hard hit and might not have even left a scratch. But the driver just had to flick me off when he realized I saw him hit the car. Nail in your coffin, dude. If only I’d gotten a picture of him doing it — hell of a day to leave my phone at the office.”

If this is your car please email me at princeofpetworth(at)gmail.com

06/24/13 1:30pm

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Dear PoPville,

A manhole exploded Sunday morning around 10am at 5th and Florida in the same exact instant that a car was driving over it – with the effect of catapulting the car up and forward. The car eventually crashed in the light pole at the north west corner of the intersection. I was returning from the gym so did not see the conditions of the driver but my neighbor reports it did not look good.

The corner was closed for a bit until they took the driver away in ambulance and removed the car… Not a good adventure! I remember these events were common a few years ago but I thought Pepco fixed it at the time! Very scary!

06/13/13 3:45pm

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From MPD:

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Unit are investigating a pedestrian fatality which resulted from a traffic collision in the 1100 block of 17th Street, NW.

On Wednesday, June 12, 2013 units from the Second District responded to a pedestrian traffic collision with injury, which occurred at approximately 3:12 pm in the 1100 block of 17th Street, NW. A 2000 Dodge Caravan was traveling northbound on 17th Street approaching the intersection of Desales Street, NW and struck a pedestrian who was walking in the crosswalk. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the pedestrian to an area hospital, where he was admitted in critical condition.

On Thursday, June 13, 2013 the pedestrian succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 70 year-old Benjamin Arquines Soriano of Bladensburg, Maryland.

The Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Unit is investigating this crash.

Anyone with information about this case is asked 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.