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GoFundMe Page Set Up MPD Officers Injured in Adams Morgan Hit and Run; Two Meetings to Review Incident this month

by Prince Of Petworth — June 12, 2017 at 9:30 am 33 Comments


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“Dear PoPville,

As many of you are aware, two Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Officers on bike patrol and a DC Department of Transportation employee were struck by a pickup truck on the 2400 block of 18th St. NW on Thursday, June 8.

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1C wishes to express our thoughts and prayers for the injured. We are grateful to MPD and the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services, who responded quickly to the incident.

ANC1C will conduct an initial review of this incident at the ABC and Public Safety Committee and the Planning, Zoning, and Planning, Zoning & Transportation Committee meetings this month. We welcome the community’s participation and views on safety in the 18th street corridor.

As Chair of the Planning, Zoning & Transportation Committee (PZT) of ANC 1C I have requested a representative from the District Department of Transportation to attend the June 21 meeting of the PZT to provide options on how we can construct traffic calming measures to reduce the threat of such violence occurring again.

ABC and Public Safety Committee Meeting
Wednesday, June 14, 7:00 PM
Kalorama Park Recreation Center

Planning, Zoning & Transportation Committee Meeting
Wednesday, June 21, 7:00 PM
Kalorama Park Recreation Center

Finally, a GoFundMe page has been established to support the two police officers who were injured on June 8. If you would like to donate, please go to here.

I hope to see you soon. As always, thank you for the opportunity to be of service.

Wilson

Wilson Reynolds”

  • DC Denizen

    This area is a traffic nightmare, not to mention very dangerous to pedestrians. Shut down the street after a certain time, when pedestrian traffic starts increasing until an hour after bars close. Also, take parking spaces above or below that section of 18th street for safe pick-up/drop-off for taxis and ride-sharing. The only major issue will be how to reroute the buses during those times.

    • textdoc

      They could make the street bus-only during certain times and ticket (maybe with a camera?) cars that drive through.
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      Not sure if the parking garage under the P.N. Hoffman lofts has access on the Ontario Road side, though.

    • AnonV2

      I may be misremembering, but didn’t they pilot a program like this about a decade ago for a short period of time? Shutting down 18th St to vehicles from Columbia to California on Friday/Saturday nights. I think the biggest complaint was that cabs clogged the top and bottom of the hill dropping off and picking up, making stupid u-turns, etc.

      • textdoc

        I lived in Adams Morgan from 2002 to 2011, and I vaguely remember returning home late several times and seeing cop cars blocking off the entrance to 18th Street (at Columbia) to incoming traffic. So people whose cars were already there (like in the parking garage) could leave, but other cars couldn’t come in from outside.
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        I think this kicked in only at a really late hour, though — not for the entire evening.

        • AM1

          They stopped closing the road after the street improvements (the read-in parking was eliminated and the side walks were widened.

    • lizcolleena

      I too vaguely remember this, and am curious why they stopped. However, I will say that traveling eastbound in this area of the city is tough. Calvert to Columbia is pretty key (esp right now with Beach Drive closed). So any solution probably needs to maintain that option for all drivers. I can’t say for certain, but it does seems like more places have opened on surrounding streets than used to be (feels like there used to be very few options off 18th), so lower concentration might be a challenge in temporarily closing a street to vehicular traffic.

      • textdoc

        When they did block off 18th Street, they did it at the McDonald’s — Columbia Road was unimpeded.

  • L

    Thank you for all of this information – much appreciated. Do we have an update on the condition of the officers?

  • chai_town

    Traffic on 18th Street between Florida and Columbia is out of control. People completely disregard traffic rules all the time, whether it’s speeding, performing U-Turns in the middle of the street when traffic is crazy, or ubers picking people up in the middle of the street, causing other drivers to fly around them in the other lane. The worst part is that there are normally 2-3 cop cars (with cops inside) watching this happen. I know they have better things to do than chase down traffic infractions all day, but it seems that traffic laws are so lax in the city (minus speed cameras and red-light cameras) that people are willing to risk going 45 mph down 18th street, because they assume they won’t be pulled over.

  • G

    If you all keep believing this was ONLY an aggressive driver then you are serioulsy misunderstanding the events that took place. This was NOT a matter of rpad rage or traffic design. Take you opinions and thoughts about a traffic pattern some place else not in a post about MPD. Stop usong this event for your own gain or for an issue that has nothing to do with what happened.

    • CapitalDame

      I too am confused as to why everyone is commenting about traffic patterns. Based on the charges against the driver and his passenger, this specific case doesn’t seem to be about traffic.

    • dcd

      First, this is on its face a post about traffic patterns. Read the initial post from the ANC commissioner.
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      Second, you seem to imply that you have additional information regarding the motivations of the driver. If you do, let’s hear it; if not, not sure why you feel it appropriate to scold people for allegedly “misunderstanding” the situation.

      • Dognonymous

        Today’s Post article states that the driver has frequently encouraged people to kill police for the past several years on social media, and was on a bunch of drugs at the time he hit them. It’s possible this ANC announcement was written or distributed before that information was publicly available.

        • Joshua

          The article says nothing about him being on a “bunch of drugs” at the time. It mentions that he was intoxicated and that he had “smoked some concentrated marijuana at a club before the collision.” It also mentions that he was briefly a Marine.

          • Dognonymous

            I would count a combo of hash and booze as a “bunch,” but your mileage may vary. Regardless, dude was lit.

    • lizcolleena

      The ANC talks about a public safety meeting and planning, zoning and transpo meeting and invites the public to comment. Maybe traffic patterns in this area weren’t the major factor, but there’s no way they helped. Good design can relieve lots of stress on a system, not like anyone from this region would have seen it around here much.

    • Anonymous

      Calm the ‘eff down. I live on 18th and witnessed the aftermath. The city needs to redesign all of 18th more in line with reality: the cops often use the center median to direct traffic, store their gear, and spot check for DUIs. However, in sitting in an unprotected median, the cops are sitting ducks for drunk/high drivers (not uncommon in my neighborhood) and moronically impatient drivers. The cops need to be raised off the ground on a proper island so they are more visible and protected by bollards. Furthermore, additional traffic calming measures need to be installed such as a HAWK signal at the mid-block crosswalk.
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      With the advent of ride sharing services, the parking on 18th should be banned on the weekends and used solely for drop off/pick up. Cops can ticket drivers like hawks if they decide to “park” for more than 5 minutes.

  • Blithe

    It’s disturbing to me that police officers, injured on the job, would need to resort to a GoFundMe effort, requesting donations for financial support. I would hope that there would be dedicated funds in some budget, somewhere to support the officers and their families in a crisis such as this. I hope that the officers are able to recover fully from their injuries.

    • stacksp

      +1

    • Dognonymous

      Right? I get it when these pop up for private citizens because insurance payments or civil compensation can take a while to come through, but you would really hope MPD and DC have their people covered for stuff like this.

      • Bort

        Why pass on the opportunity? The page itself says that “both officers are receiving the world’s best medical care and robust support from the Department, FOP and union.” These raised funds are for “out-of-pocket expenses” for which presumably the officers’ paychecks and/or insurance payments cannot be used.

        • James W.

          What kind of out-of-pocket expenses are not covered by the ongoing paycheck they would be receiving while recuperating? Assuming hospitalization, medical care, and rehabilitation are covered by insurance… what else? I’m generally fatigued by the GoFundMe campaigns that seem to just throw money at people out of pity for the situation rather than for any financial need. In a country where we can’t even agree to provide basic medical care to all citizens, do we really need to even more disproportionately allocate resources?

          • Blithe

            I obviously don’t know their situation, but there are potentially a lot of out of pocket expenses that might not be covered by insurance that one’s usual household budget might not cover. I don’t know if you’ve ever had a family member with an extended illness, but things like unexpected meals away from home, unexpected travel and transportation expenses for family members, unexpected childcare expenses, transportation by private ambulance when the patient can’t travel by car, private duty nursing, etc. can add up. I get that there may be unexpected expenses for these officers and their families, and that these expenses might be considerable. What I don’t get is why there aren’t already resources available for public servants in high risk professions.

          • Bort

            The sarcasm might not have come through in what I said above–obviously there is no “out of pocket” expense not covered by insurance etc. that couldn’t/shouldn’t be covered by the paycheck. This fundraiser is collecting free money from the public for the cops and the families to “use as they see fit,” plain and simple. I’m pretty sure cops have great insurance, especially if injured in the line of duty, plus union/FOP/PBA support (don’t know all the details of that, but the FOP set up the request for handouts and they are raking it in). The fundraiser page lays it all out pretty clearly. I mean, I have a job so I can cover my expenses, whether routine or unexpected. And I have dealt with serious family illness, so I know what that’s like.

          • Blithe

            Bort, while I read your comments as being sarcastic, James W. seemed to be posing some genuine questions, which I tried to respond to. I have no idea what kind of insurance cops have — although I hope it’s great, or what kind of resources the FOP has — or if they’re being opportunistic with the current funding request. I’m also glad that you have a job that will cover your expenses — including the unexpected ones. I
            I do, however, know many families — including some cops with kids — whose salaries and savings and budgets could not easily accommodate unexpected expenses, and my comments in this thread are intended to express my hope that the injured officers and their families have the support that they need as they deal with this current crisis in their lives.

          • Bort

            Blithe, I’m with you in hoping that the cops recover and they and their families receive all the support they need. Not sure any reasonable person would argue against that. But paying for things out-of-pocket is a routine occurrence for most people and likely the reason many of us have jobs at all (that is what I meant with my having-a-job comment, not that I am able to pay for everything–I hope so, but who knows). These officers’ medical expenses should be taken care of via insurance (which it sounds like they are). Then there is workers’ comp, as tke98 mentioned. Per the fundraiser page, they are also receiving robust support from various LEO-supporting entities, which is fortunate for them (and not something that folks in many other lines of work would experience). Beyond that, they remain employed and continue to receive paychecks. If, after all of that, they still NEED free money from you and me, something might be wrong.

    • +100. I value our police officers and other first responders and want my tax dollars to insure that they will be completely cared for in cases like this. A Go Fund Me campaign should never be necessary.

      • Bort

        Presumably this request for gravy is part of the “robust support” being provided by the FOP, as they appear to have created the fundraiser. I guess one can’t blame them for being opportunistic, they’ve raised a bunch of dough already.

    • textdoc

      Agreed.

    • Anonymous

      What I want to do know is why the DDOT employee was not covered by this GoFundMe page. He had serious injuries, he was splayed out next to the cops. He suffered no less than them. And, frankly, he’s probably receiving less generous benefits from the DC government than the cops who have a very strong union and collective bargaining agreement.

      • Anonymous

        The GoFundMe page was started by someone from the DC Fraternal Order of Police. So whatever you think of all that, it at least explains why this fundraising page is for the police officers that were injured.
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        As for the DDOT employee, the news report I saw stated that she was treated and released the same day, so that would seem to indicate that her injuries were not as serious as those suffered by the cops.

    • tke98

      My thoughts exactly. This clearly falls under Workers Compensation.

  • E

    I want to support the officers and the DDOT person as well. Do we know if there is a GoFundMe page for this individual, or were his/her injuries not as serious as the officers?

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