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    Vice President Biden’s motorcade was involved in a fatal accident Wednesday
    By Jordy Yager - 11/11/09 01:09 PM ET

    Two Secret Service employees driving along the Suitland Parkway struck and killed a man early Wednesday morning in the vehicles the agency uses to transport Vice President Joe Biden.

    Biden was not in either the armored SUV or limousine at the time of the crash.

    The vehicles had just been flown back to the D.C.-area from Fort Lewis, Wash., where they had driven the vice president before and after he spoke to a crowd of troops for Veterans Day.

    Sgt. David Schlosser, spokesman for the U.S. Park Police, said the crash happened at 2:27 a.m. on Wednesday in Temple Hills, Md., at the intersection of Suitland Parkway and Naylor Road. The victim, whose name was not released because his next of kin had not been notified, was pronounced dead at Prince George’s Hospital on Wednesday morning, Schlosser said.

    The circumstances of the accident, such as the color of the traffic light and the speed of the vehicles, were unclear but the Park Police was investigating.

    Secret Service spokesman Malcolm Wiley said the employees involved in the accident remained at the scene and administered first aid to the man until an ambulance arrived to take him to the hospital.

    As is customary Secret Service policy, the armored vehicles were flown to Fort Lewis on a military aircraft for the Tuesday event. They returned to the Air Force base in Maryland on Wednesday morning and the Secret Service employees were driving west along the Suitland Parkway to return them to a secure storage facility in D.C., which Wiley declined to name.

    Schlosser said Park Police investigators and a crash reconstruction team were not treating the incident any differently because the vehicles belonged to Biden’s security detail. He said the investigation would take at least a week to complete and the vehicles would remain in a secure police lot until it was finished.

    The sections of the Suitland Parkway and Naylor Road where the accident took place were closed to traffic for several hours Wednesday morning while the reconstruction team investigated the accident. By 7 a.m. all lanes were open to traffic again.

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    Sad and inexcusable. I wonder if they were speeding to catch a light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Wombat View Post
    Sad and inexcusable. I wonder if they were speeding to catch a light.
    Read more carefully-this was at 2AM-not too many pedestrians at that hour. Sounds like it may have been a homeless guy, if kin is not noyified yet. It may have been unavoidable. Fact will come out.
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    US Park Police says two Secret Service vehicles hit the person:
    Wednesday, November 11, 2009

    Pedestrian Fatality Suitland Parkway


    One pedestrian is dead after being struck by two vehicles in the intersection of Suitland Parkway at Naylor Road in Temple Hills, Maryland.

    On November 11, 2009 at about 2:27 am, United States Park Police Officers responded to this crash, and found that two vehicles travelling together struck this pedestrian. The pedestrian was transported to Prince Georges Hospital Center in Cheverly, Maryland with multiple critical injuries. He was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

    The striking vehicles are owned and operated by the United States Secret Service. The operators of these vehicles remained on the scene for the investigation.

    The decedent is an adult male. Next of kin notifications have not been made therefore the pedestrian’s identity is not being released yet.

    United States Park Police Crash Reconstructionists and Detectives are investigating this incident. No causative factors have been determined yet.

    United States Park Police: Pedestrian Fatality Suitland Parkway
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    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    Read more carefully-this was at 2AM-not too many pedestrians at that hour. Sounds like it may have been a homeless guy, if kin is not noyified yet. It may have been unavoidable. Fact will come out.
    I agree- likely a homless person; that area is pretty remote and there's not much around there that people would be walking to. Its not the best area. Plus Suitland Pkwy is a main turnpike that is one of the few points to cross the Potomic into DC. Not a place you'd expect a pedestrian, and the street is so wide you'd probably need 2 lights to cross it.

    Not that any of this excuses it.

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