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One person rushed to hospital after car crash in Brightwood Park

The car smashed into a concrete barrier in an alley off Kennedy Street near Illinois Avenue, NW.

The lights and sirens of police officers were loud in the Brightwood Park neighborhood of D.C. around 5:30 pm tonight as a person crashed his car into a concrete barrier that was blocking a narrow alley.

Scene of accident in an alley off Kennedy Street, NW.

“Somebody has been transported to hospital,” confirmed an MPD officer who was on the site of the accident in Northwest, D.C. However, the officer declined to give more information

On Twitter, @alanhenney reported that the person was in cardiac arrest, though The Wash could not confirm that. The identity of the person has not been released.

The accident occurred near the intersection of Kennedy Street and Illinois Avenue, NW in a narrow dark alley that connects some residential apartments to the main roads. The car smashed into a concrete jersey barrier that was blocking part of the alley off Kennedy Street.

Location of the car accident.

The back of the car is severely damaged. 

Fatalities on the road have been dramatically increasing these two past years in D.C. 

In 2021, 40 fatalities were reported, the highest number since 2007. As of Dec. 6, 2022, the Metropolitan Police Department reported 30 fatalities

In 2015, Mayor Muriel Bowser launched Vision Zero, an initiative designed to reduce the number of traffic injuries and fatalities in the city, with a goal of zero traffic fatalities by 2024. However, in October, the mayor released a report on the initiative, noting that, while the initial goal was ambitious, the city was making some progress.

According to the report, in the three years before the pandemic, 2017-2019, the District recorded an average of 8,530 traffic crashes per year, or 23 per day, that resulted in injuries. 

“During the nearly three years of the COVID-19 public health emergency, overall reported traffic injuries in the District decreased sharply, by about 30% overall. Among pedestrians and cyclists, reported injuries decreased even more: by 44% (pedestrians) and 51% (cyclists),” the report said.

“However, fatalities did not follow suit, instead showing a divergence, where injuries declined and fatalities increased,” the report added. 

Solène Guarinos

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