- (Photo: Heather Farrell)
On the day we launched this blog, we posted a story about a woman named Zoe Wiseman who was hit by a van while rollerblading near Dupont Circle. After the crash Wiseman woke up in the hospital with a jaywalking ticket, never having had the opportunity to give her side of the story to police. As we detailed, such cursory crash investigations aren’t unheard of in the District.
Struck in DC has posted a reader submission from a cyclist with a similar tale. At around 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 21, this fellow says he was riding his bike north on New Hampshire Ave. NW in the bike lane. As he approached 17th Street NW, he saw that a number of cars coming from the other direction were queued up to make a left turn in front of him. The first two turned. But as he passed through the green light, a cabbie started to turn as well, hitting him broadside in the intersection and tossing him from his bike, he says.
He was taken to the hospital and released later that night. And then this:
I called the police when I got home, and that’s when things got wacky. It took several calls to different people to find out that the police had already filed an accident report, without talking to me at all. When I got it a few days later, I also saw they had not talked to any witnesses either. There were several at the scene, but the report mentions not one of them. Instead, the report blames the accident on me, saying I had run a red light, which was completely false.
He says he now has a $150 ticket on top of his hospital bills and decommissioned bike. He asks that anyone who witnessed the crash drop him a line at dkandt @ gmail.com.