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Coast Guard officer dies following motorcycle crash in Southeast DC

A Coast Guard officer died on Friday, just days after being involved in a motorcycle crash in Southeast D.C.

Cmdr. Molly Waters, 37, of Alexandria, Virginia, died from injuries she sustained in a Monday crash, the Metropolitan Police Department said in press release on Friday. 

Waters, who was riding her black BMW motorcycle, was traveling southbound on South Capital Street NW when, at approximately 5:19 a.m., a silver Ford Edge struck her as she was trying to make a left turn onto Firth Sterling Avenue SE.

Both Waters and the other driver were transported to local area hospitals following the accident. Waters had been on life support in the ICU since the crash.

“It’s with great sadness that the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Academy lost a great leader and friend,” the U.S. Coast Guard Academy said in a statement on Facebook. “[Waters was] an inspiration to so many and friend to anyone she met. A tenacious Black hull sailor and Cutterman.”

Waters was an organ donor. She was given an Honor Walk by Coast Guard friends and family Friday morning on her way to the operating room to donate her organs.

“She is still saving lives,” said the U.S. Coast Guard Academy statement.

The police department’s Major Crash Investigation’s Unit is investigating the accident and asks anyone with information to call (202) 727-9099.

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