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Fatal Traffic Accident on Winfield Place, NW

Monday, October 16, 2006

The accident occurred on Saturday, October 14, 2006, at approximately 7:16 am, in the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>3700 block of Winfield Lane, NW.  Prior to the collision, a D.C. police officer on routine patrol pulled alongside of a 2001 Buick LeSabre at Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues, NW to alert the driver that only one of his vehicle’s headlights was operating.  The driver pulled to the left as though he was going to turn down a side street.  However, the driver continued down Wisconsin Avenue.  The officer attempted to get the driver’s attention again by activating his air horn and then his overhead lights.  At that point, the driver sped off at a high rate of speed. The crash on Winfield Lane occurred shortly thereafter. It must be emphasized that the suspect was not pursued by police.

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The investigation reveals that the driver, identified as 20-year-old Leroy Good, of the 13000 block of Dairymaid Drive in Germantown, Maryland, was traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on 37th Street, NW, which becomes Winfield Lane as it crosses Reservoir Road.  At Winfield Lane, the vehicle became airborne and struck two trees.   The vehicle rotated clockwise and struck a home located at 3672 Winfield Lane. Subsequently, the vehicle struck a 2005 Jaguar parked in the driveway of 3747 Winfield Lane before it came to rest.


The driver and passenger of the LeSabre were extricated from the vehicle by D.C. Fire Department personnel. They were then transported to GeorgeWashingtonUniversityHospital where the male passenger, who has not yet been identified, was admitted in critical condition, and the driver was pronounced dead at 8:03 am.


The vehicle Leroy Good was operating contained several flat screen televisions in the rear seat and trunk. The TVs have been turned over to the department’s Mobile Crime Lab for processing as part of an investigation to determine true ownership of the televisions.


The accident is still under investigation by members of the department’s Major Crash Investigations Unit.