Thursday, August 21, 2008

Fatal Crash on Baltimore Washington Parkway

On Thursday, the 21st of August, 2008, at approximately 5:09 a.m., the United States Park Police were notified of a multi vehicle collision on the Baltimore Washington Parkway, south of Powder Mill Road.

Initial investigation revealed a sedan bearing DC registration was traveling north and crossed over the median into the southbound lanes striking at least one vehicle. Four vehicles may have been involved in the southbound lanes to include two pickup trucks, a sedan and a motorcycle, all with Maryland registrations. All vehicles were occupied by one male adult driver.

There are two fatalities, one person transported to a hospital in stable condition, and one injured person treated and released on the scene. The identities of the victims are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

All traffic traveling southbound is being diverted onto Route 198. All traffic traveling northbound is being diverted onto the beltway. The United States Park Police Crash Reconstruction Team and Detectives are investigating the collision.


At approximately 10:35 a.m., all lane of the Baltimore Washington Parkway have been reopened.

The deceased operator of the Mitsubishi Laser bearing DC registration is identified as 60 year old Leroy Tyler, a resident of SE Washington DC.

The deceased operator of the Harley Davidson motorcycle bearing Maryland registration is identified as 48 year old Ronald Wayne Meader, a resident of Severn, Maryland.

Anyone with information about this incident, please call the United States Park Police, Criminal Investigations Branch on (202) 610-8737.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Death Investigation in Columbia Island

On August 3, 2008 at approximately 1056 hours, the United States Park Police is investigating a death, in Columbia Island Park adjacent to the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

A 44 year old female was seen jogging along a path in Columbia Island. Witnesses later observed the female lying face down next to a bench, unconscious and not breathing. Citizens began CPR and notified 911. Arlington Fire Department and U.S. Park Police Units arrived on scene.

The female was transported by Arlington Fire Department to Arlington Hospital where she was later pronounced. The identity of the decedent is being withheld until proper notification of next of kin.

The United States Park Police is investigating this incident. Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Branch at (202) 610-8738.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Pedestrian Struck on Baltimore Washington Parkway

On 8/02/08 at approximately 5:37 am, the United States Park Police responded to southbound Baltimore Washington Parkway ramp to New York Avenue for a pedestrian that was struck by a motor vehicle.

The United States Park Police are investigating the crash. Initial reports reveal that a male pedestrian was struck by an SUV and then dragged by a second vehicle a distance. The victim was pronounced at the scene.

Any person who may have witnessed this accident is encouraged to contact the United States Park Police Criminal Investigations Branch at (202) 610-8737.

Friday, August 1, 2008

All in the Family Picnic – July 12th, The Malone House

The expansive grounds of the Walter Reed Hospital held a very special family event on July 12th 2008 in the courtyard of the Malone House (so conveniently located on campus and serving as a hotel for the families of our veterans). What an honor it was to become a member of the family that day, and especially to share this honor with my horse, Jack, and my United States Park Police Horse Mounted Patrol colleague, Ret. Ofc. James “Bullet” Watson. They both joined me as an invitee to share a warm atmosphere with the recuperating heroes and their families.

You can always tell when a horse is happy. Since Jack is a 9-year-old quarter horse, he is old enough to appreciate youth and he thoroughly enjoyed introducing the children to the life of a police horse! And, in his capacity as a police horse, he recognized the many soldiers who came to acknowledge his presence, and he certainly appreciated them bringing him water. I could not help but imagine the life of the cavalry horse, so grateful for the soldiers’ attention and care. Yes, Jack was happy but he did have to get used to the Blues band. He is more accustomed to country music and Big Broadcast radio!

Bullet, a retired Marine as well as retired police officer, expressed his heartfelt sense of humility in the presence of the next generation of recuperating veterans. He appreciated his own military life and the life of the veterans, and their families, and Operation Homefront. We both felt it to be an honor and a privilege to be invited to this event. It offered us an opportunity to thank the soldiers in our own small way for their tremendous service and sacrifice.

The uplifting environment emphasized to me the importance of the families as a whole adjusting in tandem with the individual soldiers. It made me realize that families and veterans alike could experience and benefit from a huge dose of equine-assisted recreational therapy. I want to share with the many soldiers and families a therapeutic riding program we have going with the Rock Creek Public Stables right near Walter Reed Hospital – it’s called the Ride Well Program. It’s specifically designed for recuperating soldiers and offers great opportunity for establishing balance, sensory-processing integration, self-confidence, and regaining large motor skills, objective thinking, and verbal skills. And it’s just plain fun. We also welcome recuperating soldiers to come to the Park Police Stables nearby where we offer ground work with the police horses, which is excellent for fine motor skills rehabilitation and reclaiming muscle memory.

For any family of a recuperating soldier, for any recuperating soldier, the United States Park Police Horse Mounted Patrol welcomes your interest in the Ride Well Program with open reins! We welcome able-bodied volunteers, in fact strong volunteers in case a recuperating veteran needs help getting on a horse. We offer riding in Rock Creek Park and learning about horses when you are not riding them. And every child is welcome to become a Junior Park Police Officer!

If anyone is interested in joining the Ride Well Program as a participating rider, or a volunteer, a helper in any way, please call Janet Counts, Facility Manager, Rock Creek Horse Center, at 202-362-0117, ext. 7.

By US Park Police Horse Mounted Officer Barbara Blendy with HOOFS Volunteer, Pamela White