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Metro Crash Victims a Cross Section of the Capital Area

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Neighbors and friends of Jeanice McMillan share memories of meeting, raising children together and helping one other in times of need. McMillan was the operator of the Red Line Metro train that crashed into the back of another train on June 22. Metro Operator Would Have Done 'Anything in Her Power' to Prevent Crash, Friend Says Video by Tracy Woodward, Edited by Ashley Barnas/The Washington Post

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About 4:30 p.m. Monday, Clifton was leaving, and she recalled the last words she heard Hawkins speak: "Good night, all; good night, Dr. Clifton. I'll see you in the morning," she said. Clifton heard news of the crash and tried to phone Hawkins to tell him to find a route other than the Red Line.

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Mary "Mandy" Doolittle, 59, of Washington was a proud Texan who was the joy of her office at the American Nurses Association in Silver Spring, said executive director Jeanne Floyd.

"She was highly committed to nursing around the globe. She was not a nurse, but she was the face of this organization internationally," Floyd said.

Doolittle had lived in Italy some years ago and was finally planning a return visit in July with her partner of 15 years, friends said.

Ann Miller, a friend, said: "She always greeted everyone with a wide smile, a giggly 'Hello!' and a hug or a double-clasped handshake that she'd keep firm hold of while she asked you how you'd been."

It was an ordinary work day for Cameron Williams on Monday. He cooked himself breakfast, then surfed the Web and did some light cleaning around the house while he chatted with his aunt and grandmother in the afternoon.

Just as he was preparing to go off to his night contract worker job downtown, he stopped on the porch of the Takoma Park home he shared with his grandmother and talked to his aunt about the weekend. Maybe he'd go to Carter Barron.

"Then he turned the corner and headed to the Metro," Shirley Williams said of her 37-year-old nephew, the oldest of five brothers who grew up in the city and graduated from Coolidge High School. "I watched him until I couldn't see him anymore."

Metro has established a $250,000 relief fund for survivors and relatives of victims to assist them with medical, funeral and other immediate expenses.


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