By: Allan M. Siegel
Washington Post recently reported, police are investigating reports that a DC police cruiser hit an 11 year-old
boy and then left him on the street. The alleged incident took place in
the District’s Park View neighborhood, NW on June 29, 2017. At least
one witness saw the police officers standing over the boy on the ground
before they got into their vehicle and drove off. The boy’s mother
said that her son told her that the police officers saw him riding with
fireworks in his back pocket, and followed him into the alleyway wherein
the cruiser struck him. The boy told his mom that one of the officers
got out of the car, checked his fireworks, gave them back to him, then
got back into the cruiser and drove off. His Mom told reporters: “They
shouldn’t have just left him there,” also noting that the
police said the investigation may take about two weeks.
If the boy’s account is true, the officers who hit him should be
held responsible just like any other citizen. It would be reckless for
police to pursue in a large police cruiser a young boy on a bicycle, and
highly irresponsible to leave him on the street after hitting him. Young
and old cyclists alike in the United States are hit by cars every day. About
one-third of bicycle accidents involve a collision with a car, and 92% of bicyclist deaths on US roads
in 2005 were caused by collisions with motor vehicles.
We at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. take cyclist and pedestrian
rights very seriously. If you or a loved one have been injured by a motor
vehicle, please give us a call immediately to discuss your rights and options.