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Fatal Collision: Driver Fleeing Secret Service Traffic Stop Hits Pedestrians near White House

A devastating incident unfolded in the heart of Washington DC as a driver fleeing a US Secret Service traffic stop ploughed into pedestrians, resulting in the loss of a life.

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Disregarding the officers’ instructions, the driver defiantly sped away through a red light, recklessly striking multiple individuals in the crosswalk before making a desperate escape, according to a statement from the Secret Service. As of now, the suspect remains at large, evading authorities.

The harrowing episode occurred on Wednesday, a few minutes before 13:30 local time (17:30 GMT), when uniformed Secret Service officers initiated the traffic stop on a 2006 blue Honda Accord. The driver initially showing compliance by indicating a willingness to halt the vehicle, the suspect abruptly changed course and fled, leaving officers stunned.

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Anthony Guglielmi, the spokesperson for the Secret Service, expressed their commitment to tracking down the driver, stating that law enforcement is diligently working to locate the suspect. In the face of this tragic incident, he extended the deepest condolences to the grieving family of the victim.

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WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 23: Members of the U.S. Secret Service close 17th Street near the White House complex after a vehicle that crashed into a barricade on the perimeter of the White House grounds February 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. A female driver was apprehended immediately after the incident by the uniformed division of the United States Secret Service. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

In the immediate aftermath of the collision, officers present at the scene, an area typically bustling with tourists and visitors to the nation’s capital, sprang into action to provide crucial first aid to the injured victims. Unfortunately, one person, identified as a 75-year-old man by CBS Washington, was transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition but succumbed to their injuries. The loss of a life is a poignant reminder of the gravity of the situation. Additionally, a 13-year-old girl received on-site treatment for her injuries, as reported by local sources.

Recognizing the urgency of the situation, the Secret Service has requested the assistance of local law enforcement agencies in apprehending the suspected driver responsible for the heinous act. By alerting authorities throughout the region, they hope to facilitate a swift resolution to this distressing case.

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This tragic incident bears a striking resemblance to a previous hit-and-run incident that occurred near the White House in December 2022. During that incident, a suspect evading a Secret Service traffic stop also careened into a crowd of pedestrians, resulting in a fatality and multiple injuries. In that case, the authorities were able to apprehend the suspect, 35-year-old Spiro Stafilatos, who currently awaits trial on charges of murder and aggravated assault.

As the investigation into the recent collision unfolds, the nation’s capital grapples with the shock and sorrow caused by this senseless act. The loss of a life serves as a stark reminder of the importance of road safety and the need for swift justice. The community stands united in mourning the loss of the victim and in support of the ongoing efforts to bring the perpetrator to justice.