DC Officer Killed, One Injured When Cruiser Struck Pole
Washington Post via YellowBrix
October 30, 2010
Updated: 9:09 a.m.
WASHINGTON, DC – A D.C. police officer responding to an incident early Saturday morning died after the car he was driving crashed into a wooden Pepco pole, police said Saturday.
Officer Paul Dittamo, 32, has been a member of the police department since June 2009. The car he was driving crashed on the 2200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE at about 1:30 a.m. Dittamo was pronounced dead at a local hospital at 2:06 a.m.
Another officer, who was a passenger, sustained injuries that are not life-threatening. He is undergoing medical treatment, said police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump in a statement.
The crash remains under investigation, she said.
A D.C. police officer died in a car accident early Saturday while responding to an emergency call in Southeast Washington, officials said.
Police officials released few details but said the officer was involved in a single vehicle accident in the 2400 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue at about 1:30 a.m.
The officer was responding to a call to help evaluate a person reportedly on PCP.
The D.C. police’s major crash unit is investigating the cause of the accident.