The driver who fled the scene of Friday morning's collision with a cyclist on Massachusetts Avenue is still at large. Meanwhile, the victim's husband is asking the community to help find the culprit who left his wife "bleeding and unconscious in the road."
Tom Skinner has posted a message on a community message group, asking fellow citizens to spread the description of the suspect's minivan among neighbors, and on any local listservs they subscribe to.
That minivan - late model, dark blue, and with passenger-side damage - was last seen speeding towards the District on Massachusetts around 10:30 AM Friday, August 24.
Skinner's account of Jodi Grant's injuries suggests they are more serious than the public was made aware of Friday. Grant will require several surgeries, and has neck and back fractures. She is expected to eventually make a full recovery, however.
When I heard about this incident Friday, I immediately thought of the portable speed camera that is located just south of the crash site, near Massachusetts and Cromwell Drive. If the minivan had been speeding away from the scene, the camera should have a clear photo of the tag. I contacted the police, and yesterday received word that my tip was passed on to the investigating officers.
Hopefully, the camera got it, but if the minivan had not accelerated to 47 MPH by that point, there won't be a picture.
This is a terrible situation all around. Accidents can happen to anyone, but to flee the scene with someone in the roadway is unconscionable.
Pass on the minivan description - vague as it is - and let's hope someone happened to witness this, or knows some helpful information to break the case.
If you contact police, the case number is #12041932.