Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Unit are investigating a fatal traffic accident that occurred on Friday, December 23, 2016, at approximately 7:20 pm.
Members of the First District observed a 2008 Lexus IS 250 in the First District area, that was stolen in an Armed Robbery that occurred on Wednesday, December 21, 2016, in the 1400 block of A Street, Southeast (CCN: 16-215-415). The officers activated their emergency equipment and followed the vehicle into the 4100 block of East Capitol St. Southeast. The stolen Lexus was traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on East Capitol Street, Southeast, when it struck the rear of a 2006 Nissan Altima, that was also traveling east bound on East Capitol Street, Southeast. The impact caused the Nissan to spin and strike a tree and continued eastbound until it struck a Honda Fit. The impact caused the Honda to strike a Ford Expedition. The occupants of the Lexus fled on foot towards 45th Street and Benning Road, Northeast. A foot pursuit ensued and officers apprehended the driver of the stolen Lexus. The two other suspects made good their escape.
The driver of the Nissan Altima was transported with life threatening injuries to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as 31-year-old Kenneth Edward Morris, Jr., of Southeast, DC.
The driver of the Honda was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Ford did not require medical treatment at the scene.
The driver of the stolen Lexus, 17-year-David Mclane of Southeast, DC, was arrested and charged as an adult with Murder Two.
This case remains under investigation. The Metropolitan Police Department is asking anyone with information about this case to call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the departments TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.