“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Unit are investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred in the 1100 block of Florida Avenue, Northeast, on Saturday, August 26, 2017.
At approximately 11:17 pm, a Piaggio scooter was eastbound on Florida Avenue, Northeast in the far left lane of travel. The operator of a Volkswagen Touareg was also traveling eastbound on Florida Avenue, Northeast in the far right lane. The driver of the Touareg attempted to make a U-turn from the far right late to go westbound on Florida Avenue, Northeast. As the Touareg crossed the left lane of travel, the scooter struck the driver’s side rear of the Touareg. Directly following the crash, the driver of the Touareg stopped his vehicle and, along with other witnesses, attempted to assist the operator of the scooter. DC Fire and EMS arrived on the scene and transported the operator of the scooter to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The decedent has been identified as 39 year-old Cassidy Karakorn, of Northeast, DC.
The case is currently under investigation by the Major Crash Investigations Unit. Anyone with information regarding this case should call 202-727-9099.”
From the Human Rights Campaign:
“The HRC Family is mourning the loss of our beloved colleague and friend, Cassidy Karakorn. Over her 17-year career at the Human Rights Campaign, Cassidy tirelessly championed civil rights for the LGBTQ community. As Director of Consumer Marketing, Cassidy’s eye for fashion and art made a transformative impact on HRC and helped us reach more people than ever before. Her work was often deeply and profoundly moving; this past June, she worked with renowned artist Meghan Geckler to bring to life an eight story public art installation remembering the 49 lives taken in the Pulse Nightclub shooting and other victims of hate violence.
“Cassidy was a vibrant and energetic force for change in the world. Her talents were boundless. Her creative genius and passion were unmatched. She was fun, caring, and her positivity was contagious. We loved her and loved working with her.
“Our hearts go out to Cassidy’s family and many friends who are grieving her loss. In every future effort, we will seek to make Cassidy proud, and will carry her memory with us always.”