Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Investigations Unit are investigating a vehicle crash in which an MPD officer was killed and another officer was injured.
On Saturday, October 30, 2010 at approximately 1:30 am, Seventh District Officer Paul Dittamo and another officer were responding to an incident within the 1400 block of Morris Road, SE. Their vehicle was traveling northeast on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE when it collided with a wooden Pepco pole within the 2200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE. Personnel from DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported both officers to a local hospital.
The driver of the vehicle, Officer Dittamo, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 2:06 am. The other officer who was a passenger sustained non-life threatening injuries. He is undergoing medical treatment and is expected to be released.
Thirty-two-year-old Officer Dittamo has been a member of the Department since June 2009. He was assigned to the Seventh District.
The crash remains under investigation by the Department’s Major Crash Investigations Unit.