February 04, 2010

I Guess They Don't Throw Fruit Anymore

DC Caller's Jim Treacher was injured in a hit-and-run yesterday:

I was more than halfway there when a black SUV made an illegal left turn and hit me head-on. I absolutely had the right of way. I yelled something like, "Are you really doing this?" as it hit me before I could move. I landed on my face on the street and smashed my glasses and scraped my hand and immediately I knew something was wrong with my left knee. I lay there screaming and cursing for I don't know how long, and a crowd of people gathered and told me to hold still.

Treacher's knee was broken. Pretty rough criticism, if you ask me.

According to witnesses, the vehicle that made the illegal left turn, ran Treacher down, and then sped away without stopping, belonged to the Secret Service (update: State Department security?).

Watch out, Jon Stewart.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at February 4, 2010 10:23 AM

Shocked but not surprised.

Posted by: brando at February 4, 2010 03:53 PM

I wonder what State Department emergency the driver was responding to.
I hope Treacher recovers well and quickly.

Posted by: Penfold at February 4, 2010 04:23 PM

Back in the duelling days of the 1700s and 1800s, a pistol shot to the knee was considered one of the most painful injuries a duellist could endure. I hope that Mr. Treacher has better painkilling meds than were available back in that day, and I wish him a speedy recovery.

Marianne Matthews

Posted by: Marianne Matthews at February 4, 2010 07:24 PM

Not wishing to sound like I am excusing the idiot driver of that vehicle;
howsomever, the State Department has a Bureau of Diplomatic Security known as the Diplomatic Security Service. DSS is charged with providing the protective details for everyone other than the POTUS and VPOTUS. All visits by foreign heads of state are protected by DSS agents as are visits by dignitaries to American Embassies and Consulates around the world. For the most part they are all very profesional and dedicated personnel. It appears that one of them may have screwed the pooch here.

On the other hand it is not unknown for non-agents to be driving DSS provided vehicles on occasion.

Posted by: emdfl at February 4, 2010 07:48 PM

Running down a pedestrian and leaving the scene of the accident before the police arrive is a felony. Except maybe for our elite nobles and their cronies, of course.

Read how much farther this has gone and see if you can keep your systolic blood pressure under 200....

Posted by: iconoclast at February 4, 2010 08:50 PM

To add insult to injury, the police gave Treacher a citation for jaywalking at an intersection 4 blocks from where the SUV hit him.
In Obama's Washington, even the "cover-up" is done badly.

Posted by: Neo at February 5, 2010 12:35 AM

Now we know why the collective media is so 'supportive' of Obama. It's submit or die.

Posted by: Jerry in Detroit at February 5, 2010 01:38 PM