A trash truck jumped the curb and plowed into a bus stop yesterday morning on New York Avenue NE, seriously injuring three women and a man, according to D.C. police.
The driver, Kenneth Neely, 26, of 1711 Lyman Place NE, was charged with driving under the influence after the 9:40 a.m. accident, police said. The late model, blue and white truck knocked over a small tree, struck the side of the Hecht's warehouse, then traveled along the wall about 80 feet, dragging two of the victims with it, according to police officers and witnesses.
Police said they are awaiting the results of a blood sample taken from Neely to refine the charge against him. Neely was admitted to D.C. General Hospital where a spokeswoman said he was in stable condition with undisclosed injuries.
The truck is owned by Industrial Disposal Service in Northwest.
"There were a man and a woman on the ground at the bus stop and they were looking really bad, bleeding and all," said Wardell Rogers, 35, a courier who escaped injury because he had left the bus stop minutes before to go into the warehouse.
"The two front wheels were on the women and they were still screaming, 'Help me, someone please help me,' " said Rogers, who ran out of the warehouse when he heard the screams. "It was just awful."
The victims were identified as Roena Holley, 34, of 1704 Montello Ave. NE; Sandra Tice, 27, of 1219 Orren St. NE; Cynthia Streeter, 28, of 1306 Childress St. NE, and David Dent, 39, of 1515 Queen St. NE.
Holley, Tice and Dent were reported in fair condition at the Washington Hospital Center and Streeter was reported in serious condition, according to a hospital spokesman. The three women suffered concussions. In addition, Holley suffered collarbone and knee fractures, Anderson said. Streeter has a broken wrist and Dent suffered an arm fracture, the spokesman said.
Linda Jones, a Metrobus driver who arrived on the scene minutes after the accident, said, "There was one lady on the ground over there," and pointed to a twisted and bent, rainbow-colored umbrella on the ground. "And there was a man just a yard and a half from her, bleeding all over," she said, indicating a trash can standing with its top ripped off.