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Traffic Fatality on Alabama Avenue, SE

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
A 34-year-old man has been charged with Involuntary Manslaughter.

Investigators assigned to the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Investigations Unit are investigating the circumstances of a vehicular crash that has resulted in a fatality.  The crash occurred on <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?><?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = U1 /?>Alabama Avenue, SE on April 19, 2010.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>

Shortly before 7 pm on Monday, April 19, 2010, a white 1998 Dodge 1500 van was traveling in a northeasterly direction in the 3600 block of Alabama Avenue SE when it crossed the double yellow line and collided head-on with a black 1997 Toyota Camry that was traveling in a southwesterly direction on Alabama Avenue. 

The Toyota was occupied by its operator and four minor children.  Three of the children were removed from the vehicle by passersby.  The fourth child, a two year old female, was ejected from the vehicle as a result of the crash.

The operator of the Toyota was pinned in her vehicle and was extricated by DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department personnel. She was then flown by Medevac helicopter to the WashingtonHospitalCenter’s Medstar Trauma Unit where she was pronounced dead at 7:55 pm. She has been identified as 37-year-old Mary Elizabeth Wimbush of Southeast Washington, DC.

The four minor children were transported by ambulances to Children’s NationalMedicalCenter in critical condition, though none of their injuries are expected to be life-threatening. 

The operator of the Dodge van and his passenger were transported to the WashingtonHospitalCenter, where the driver was admitted in stable condition and the passenger was treated and released.  The driver of the van, who has been identified as 34-year-old Ajene Jones of no fixed address, has been charged with Involuntary Manslaughter.