Drunk Driver Injures DC Police Officer

By Peter DePaolis

A drunk driver struck and injured a DC police officer last month while the officer was investigating a separate fatal hit-and-run incident involving a drunk driver. The incident occurred on Key Bridge around midnight. The injured officer is a 9-year-veteran of the Washington, D.C. Police Department.

The officer was investigating a hit-and-run accident involving a motor scooter around 10:30 p.m. The scooter driver was walking his disabled scooter across the bridge when a silver Mercury SUV hit him. The SUV driver left the scene and the scooter driver later died at the hospital. The Maryland State Patrol spotted the SUV in Maryland and pulled it over after seeing it with three flat tires. Police arrested the driver and charged him with a DUI.

The vehicle that struck the police officer remained at the scene. Police arrested and charged the driver with a DUI. The full nature of the officer’s injuries is unknown at this time. Investigators are looking into both car accidents.

If you suffer injuries in a pedestrian accident or car accident, contact a Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis. You may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.