‘This was a miracle’: Police ID driver of car who struck father, daughter in harrowing crash

Police have identified the D.C. man who officers say crashed a car into a father and daughter, leaving both with serious injuries Saturday.

Thaniyyah Veney, 32, of Southeast D.C., was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, leaving after colliding, assault with a dangerous weapon and aggravated assault, police said in a news release Monday.

Around 1 p.m. on Saturday, D.C. police were called to the 3200 block of 4th Street Southeast, where they said Veney lost control of a Ford 500, ran a stop sign at the intersection of 4th and Savannah Streets, jumped a curb and crashed into a house.

D.C. police say Veney struck a parked and occupied vehicle, then struck the man and his 5-year-old daughter before striking the house.

The suspect was located in a nearby alley by responding officers, D.C. police told WTOP.

Emergency personnel found a man at the scene after being struck by the car and a 5-year-old girl trapped under the vehicle, according to preliminary reports. The girl was conscious and breathing when she was evacuated by helicopter to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Her father faced critical injuries and was taken to the hospital on the ground by an ambulance.

Ward 8 Council member Trayon White, who was at Children’s National Hospital Saturday, said “Baby Raci” was alive and in stable condition after being struck.

“She suffered a broken shoulder, hip, and a fractured skull. She is out of surgery and will be monitored closely,” White wrote in a post on Instagram. “This was a miracle. Mom and Dad want to thank everyone.”


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The two were walking to Oxon Run Pool near Hart Middle School when the car struck them. White said officials apprehended the driver as they tried to flee the scene on foot a block and a half away.

WTOP’s Ivy Lyons and Ciara Wells contributed to this report.

Nardos Mesmer

Nardos G. Mesmer is an Associate Producer with WTOP News. She works with producers, anchors, writers and reporters to develop content for web and air. She ensures content is factually accurate, clear and concise. She also works on technical editing of sound and revisions for airing of final audio.

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