Jackie C. Gray Sr., 33, a patrol officer in the city's 2nd Police District who had been a member of the D.C. police force for the past 11 years, died Dec. 6 at Howard University Hospital as a result of injuries he received in an automobile accident Nov. 30.
Following the accident, a police spokesman had said that Officer Gray, who was driving to work from his home in Suitland, was crossing the Sousa Bridge when he was struck head-on by a District school van driven by a SE Washington man. Police said the driver of the van, who was treated and released at D.C. General Hospital, had told them that he was forced into Officer Gray's lane by a third vehicle on the bridge. The accident is under investigation, police said.
Officer Gray was the recipient of numerous awards and commendations for his work. These included the Police Chief's Outstanding Service Award, which he earned in both 1981 and 1984, for his performance as a casual-clothes tactical officer. He also was named the force's officer-of-the-month in April 1985. He was to be featured in an upcoming CBS television news interview program dealing with the pressure and tension of police work. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.
Officer Gray, an area resident since 1974, was a native of Tuckerhill, Va. He joined the Army in 1971, serving for a time in West Germany. He was a sergeant in the Army Reserve. Before joining the D.C. police in February 1975, he had worked for a time for Blue Cross and Blue Shield here.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy, and two sons, Jackie C. Jr. and Corrie, all of Suitland; his father, Walter, of Tuckerhill; his mother, Elizabeth Tate of Hague, Va.; two brothers, Stevie, of King George, Va., and Nixie, of Kinsale, Va., and four sisters, Leslie Gray of Fort Washington, Callie Gray of Suitland, Bonnie Day of Kinsale, and Winnie Gray of Washington.