Three people are dead and two others were hurt after a driver fled a traffic stop and crashed into another vehicle on Rock Creek Parkway in Northwest D.C.
It happened around 1:45 a.m. in the area of P Street Northwest, according to U.S. Park Police, and traffic is being diverted off the parkway as police investigate.
The driver of a Lexus SUV fled after being pulled over by U.S. Park Police and then crashed into a Honda Accord, killing three men in the Accord, according to police spokesperson Thomas Twiname. A woman in the Lexus suffered life-threatening injuries and a man suffered non-life threatening injuries and is expected to survive, WTOP’s Kyle Cooper reported from the Rock Creek Parkway near the crash.
According to the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, the car that crashed while fleeing the traffic stop had 44 unpaid speed camera tickets, totaling $12,300. Of the unpaid tickets, 28 are listed for speeding and one is for running a red light. This year alone, the driver racked up nine speeding tickets, with the most recent being from two weeks ago.
Twiname said that vehicle is under investigation as well as the crash itself.
Just before 6:30 a.m. police altered the closures points on the parkway. All road closures were lifted around 11:30 a.m.
Police want anyone with information about what happened to contact the department’s tip line by emailing email@example.com.
WTOP’s Kyle Cooper and Dick Uliano contributed to this report.