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(A sadly well-timed edition of my series of posts looking back on the "old" Near Southeast)
On August 25, 1984, 24-year-old Sandra Scott of Anacostia went on a birthday visit to her mother, Maudie McBrayer, at her Capper apartment at 920 Third Street, SE. Sandra brought her husband, Theodore "Teddy" Crisp, and their three children, five-year-old Chanta, one-year-old Sophia, and six-week-old baby Tandra.
The family then went to a Metrobus stop on the south side of the 200 block of M Street, SE, standing on what was at that time a narrow sidewalk with the long red brick wall left over from the Navy Yard days behind it. Also at the bus stop were 18-year-old Charron McKethean and her six-month old daughter Charquita, who lived at 210 L St., SE, in the Cappers; they were going shopping with Charron's best friend Linda Taylor and Taylor's boyfriend Willie Callihan for an outfit for Charquita's christening the next day.
As they waited at around 6:15 pm, a Plymouth Valiant going eastbound at an estimated 70 to 80 mph in the westbound lanes struck the median, went airborne, landed in the eastbound lanes, partially hopped the curb, and struck all nine people waiting for the bus. The car then flipped, crashed, and burst into flames near Third Street.
The Washington Post described rescue personnel calling the resulting scene "one of the most gruesome they had witnessed," with some of the victims having been crushed by the car against the wall and a lamppost on the sidewalk. "I've been 21 years on this job, and I've never seen anything like it," said Fire Capt. James Thorn, saying that the driver had "just ground [the victims] right into" the lamppost and the brick wall.
Seven of group were killed: Sandra Scott and her entire family died, as well as six-month-old Charquita McKethean and Linda Taylor, who was 18 and lived in the 200 block of M Street, SW. It was believed to be the deadliest car accident in the city's history to that time, and appears to still hold that title today.
The driver of car was 41-year-old Robert Lee Williams, whose blood alcohol level at the time of the crash was .10 and who admitted to having used heroin about 25 minutes before the crash. He had been paroled six weeks earlier after serving less than four years of a 20-year sentence for a 1980 bank robbery conviction in Alexandria, and was also on parole in the District for a 1977 armed robbery conviction. There were also convictions for housebreaking, robbery, and grand larceny on his record.
In 1985, Williams pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter while armed (with a car) and five counts of manslaughter, along with a count of driving while intoxicated. He was sentenced to 35 to 105 years in prison. At his sentencing, he told the courtroom that he was sorry and would give his "own life to save those kids." Charron McKethean, one of the crash's two survivors and mother of one of the youngest victims, was in the courtroom with her 2 1/2-month-old baby, and told the Post, "I couldn't look at the man that killed my daughter. The sentence was reasonable, but it is not going to bring back any of our lives."

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rjm says: (8/5/10 5:28 PM)
wow! very sad and powerful reading. what a great reminder of the dangers of speeding & DUI. I know reading this will make me slow it down, text less, & just be a more defensive & observant driver. Thanks for sharing!


C says: (8/5/10 11:29 PM)
depressing and a wise commentary on why some persons just deserve life behind bars- may we please have something more positive next, hopefully something on the start of construction on canal park or a new food item at cornercopia


GARY FITZPATRICK says: (8/6/10 8:33 AM)
This is so tragic but thanks for sharing. I remember it so well and being very familiar with the area at that time and now working in the area I know exactly where the location is.


Edna Wellthorpe says: (8/6/10 9:45 AM)
Hey, rjm - how about texting NEVER while driving! Not "less".

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1277 1ST ST SE   
08/11/15 
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P1508164 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
08/21/15 
BALLPARK RESIDENTIAL LLC BALLPARK RESIDENTIAL LLC / CLINT HOLMES; BALLPARK RESIDE BALLPARK RESIDENTIAL LLC; MITCH PERMUY
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1000 5TH ST SE   
08/18/15 
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / JOSEPH M MAGNOLIA
P1508371 / SUPPLEMENTAL
1150 5TH ST SE   
08/11/15 
PEPCO PEPCO
AH1500668 / CONSTRUCTION
INSTALLATION OF CABLE AND METERS
1220 12TH ST SE   
08/13/15 
WASHINGTON GAS LIGHT CO / JOHN GIUSEPPE-RAMCO
B1509350 / CONSTRUCTION
RENOVATIONS TO EXISTING 3RD FLOOR OFFICE SPACE EXELIS AS SHOWN ON THE ATTACHED MECH. PLUMB. ELECT. FIRE PROTECTION DEMOLITION AND ARCH. DWGS. INTERIOR WORK ONLY. NO CHANGE IN US. NO STRUCT. WORK.
909 HALF ST SE   
08/13/15 
BAKER DC LLC / CHRISTINE LONG
AH1500677 / CONSTRUCTION
AN AFTER HOURS PERMIT IS RESPECTFULLY REQUESTED FROM 11:00PM FRIDAY THRU 11:00PM SATURDAY
   
08/18/15 
BAKER DC
AH1500686 / CONSTRUCTION
AN AFTER HOURS PERMIT IS RESPECTFULLY REQUESTED FROM 12:01AM WEDNESDAY THRU 11:59PM THURSDAY. 1-49 BLOCK OF K ST SE
   
08/21/15 
BAKER DC / CHRISTINE LONG
AH1500695 / CONSTRUCTION
AN AFTER HOURS PERMIT IS FROM 12:01AM THRU 11:59PM FROM 08 / 25 / 2015 TO 08 / 29 / 2015
1015 HALF ST SE   
08/13/15 
HALF ST SE LLC / GREGORY E LIGON
E1508399 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
08/17/15 
HALF ST SE LLC / ANTHONY G SAMBURG
E1508502 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
08/20/15 
WSP PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF / STEVE AUD; WSP PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF; STEVE AUD
E95740122 / SUPPLEMENTAL
1220 HALF ST SE   
08/12/15 
BUFFALO WILD WINGS / NICOLE WHITE; BUFFALO WILD WINGS; GREG CONCANNON
AR49901357 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
08/13/15 
BUFFALO WILD WINGS / BELA X-PEDITERS PLUS INC.
AH1500681 / CONSTRUCTION
WORK AFTER HOURS 7PM-7AM. 8 / 13 / 2015 TO 9 / 13 / 2015
601 L ST SE   
08/17/15 
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOUSING AUTHORITY / KRISSY GER LISA LJ PERMIT
B1510955 / CONSTRUCTION
REVISION TO B1101058 MINOR GRADING REVISION
   
08/20/15 
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOUSING AUTHORITY / MARK A DORSEY
EN1502944 / SHOP DRAWING
TYPE OF ELEVATOR ONE (1) HYDRO / STEEL / CENTRALLY / PASSENGER TO PROVIDE ACCESS BETWEEN G AND G2 FLOORS AS PER PLANS.
   
08/20/15 
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOUSING AUTHORITY / MARK A DORSEY
EN1502945 / SHOP DRAWING
TYPE OF ELEVATOR: TWO (2) TRACTION / STEEL / CENTRALLY / PASSENGER (5TH FLOOR).
   
08/20/15 
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOUSING AUTHORITY / MARK A DORSEY
EN1502970 / SHOP DRAWING
TYPE OF ELEVATOR ONE (1) TRACTION / STEEL / CENTRALLY / PASSENGER (6TH FLOOR).
   
08/20/15 
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOUSING AUTHORITY / MARK A DORSEY
EN1502971 / SHOP DRAWING
TYPE OF ELEVATOR ONE (1) TRACTION / STEEL / CENTRALLY / PASSENGER (6TH FLOOR).
80 M ST SE   
08/24/15 
COLUMBIA PROPERTY TRUST / KRISTINA DELGADO
B1510944 / CONSTRUCTION
PARTIAL 4TH FLOOR RENOVATIONS INCLUDING MECHANICAL PLUMBING ELECTRICAL AS WELL AS FURNITURE INSTALLATION.
20 M ST SE   
08/19/15 
SOUTHEAST REALTY LLC / ELEANOR FARID; SOUTHEAST REALTY LLC; RODNEY CANNON
E69278004 / SUPPLEMENTAL
50 M ST SE   
08/11/15 
MILLER?LONG
TC1500036 / CONSTRUCTION
TOWER CRANE FOR JOB SITE USE
   
08/13/15 
MILLER?LONG MILLER?LONG
AH1500674 / CONSTRUCTION
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08/14/15 
KCG 50 M LLC / JOSEPH E RICHARDS
E1508432 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
08/21/15 
KCG 50 M LLC / DANIEL R. RUDE
P1508460 / SUPPLEMENTAL
55 M ST SE   
08/19/15 
DOUG OLSON / DOUG OLSON; NONE
SG1500414 / CONSTRUCTION
NEW SIGNS INSTALLATION AS PER PLANS
1500 M ST SE   
08/21/15 
WASHINGTON YACHT CLUB / ZACHARY ZILL
SB1500438 / CONSTRUCTION
SOIL BORING FOR COMPENSATION GROUTING ALONG THE ALIGNMENT OF DC WATER'S CLEAN RIVERS DIV H - ANACOSTIA RIVER TUNNEL. FORTEEN BORINGS TO MAX DEPTH OF 70 FEET BGS 2 INCH DIAMETER GROUT TUBES INSIDE 5.5 INCH DIA CASINGS. DUPLEX ROTARY DRILLING METHOD. REF. PERMIT SB1400400.
1100 NEW JERSEY AVE SE   
08/11/15 
CHRISTOPHER CONDON
PC69159304 / POST CARD
INTERIOR DEMOLITION OF NON-BEARING ELEMENTS IN A SPACE UP TO 5 000 SQUARE FEET (464.5 SQUARE METERS)
1500 SOUTH CAPITOL ST SE   
08/14/15 
P1508259 / SUPPLEMENTAL
301 WATER ST SE   
08/12/15 
LUMBER SHED LIC / ROBERT WATTS; LUMBER SHED LIC; ROBERT WATTS
E99575145 / SUPPLEMENTAL
355 WATER ST SE   
08/14/15 
TIAN LUU / TIAN LUU; TIAN LUU; JAMES BORROR
E95497821 / SUPPLEMENTAL
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