- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 15, 2005

A rash of traffic accidents in the D.C. area over the weekend left five persons dead and five others injured, including one of the District’s most familiar volunteer reserve police officers.

Reserve Officer Joseph Pozell, 59, remained in critical condition yesterday after a 19-year-old Virginia woman driving a Honda CR-V struck him Saturday afternoon at M Street and Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown. The accident occurred shortly after 3:30 p.m.

Charges were pending against the woman, whose identity has not been released, as police continued their investigation into the accident.

“You’ve got to remember we’re not exactly certain what happened,” said Sgt. Joe Gentile, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department. “All we’re going to say is that it’s under investigation.”

A three-year veteran of the police department’s reserve officer corps, Officer Pozell has volunteered on many weeknights for nearly 18 months to help ease congestion during rush hour.

Officer Pozell also manages the Oak Hill Cemetery in Northwest, where he lives on the property with his wife. Officer Pozell has an adult son.

Friends and family are planning a candlelight vigil for Officer Pozell at 7:30 p.m. today at 30th and R streets NW. D.C. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey and other D.C. officials are expected to attend.

Officer Pozell, who is at George Washington University Hospital, was one of several persons involved in car accidents over the past two days.

Early yesterday morning, a woman was struck and killed by a car as she tried to cross the southbound lanes of Interstate 495 near Route 202 in Landover.

The woman, whose identity was not released, was struck by a car traveling south near Route 202 just after 3 a.m.

Police said a Clinton man who was driving the vehicle tried to avoid hitting the woman.

Maryland State Police, who are investigating the crash, did not return telephone calls seeking comment yesterday.

Police are trying to determine why the woman was on the road.

Hours earlier, a Rockville man was killed when the car in which he was traveling was struck by another vehicle at Old Georgetown Road and Edson Lane.

The crash occurred shortly after 8:30 p.m.

Samuel Feldman, 88, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Montgomery County police said three other occupants of the car and the driver of the other car suffered serious injuries and were recovering at hospitals.

The cause of the collision was under investigation.

Earlier on Saturday, a biker was killed after losing control of his motorcycle on U.S. Route 1 in Fairfax County.

The man, whose name was not released, was riding south in the 9300 block of Route 1 when he apparently locked his brakes and went over the handlebars of a Suzuki 750. The man was pronounced dead at the scene about 12:45 p.m.

Police did not know what caused the accident.

A police spokeswoman had said the man, who was thought to be in his early 20s, had received a motorcycle learner’s permit 15 days before the accident.

Early Saturday morning, two men from Hagerstown were killed in Middletown, Md., as they tried to flee police.

Gregory Stone, who was wanted on first- and second-degree assault charges, lost control of the 1999 Mercury he was driving on West Main Street and struck a utility pole.

Police said Mr. Stone was traveling at 95 mph when the crash occurred about 2:45 a.m. Saturday.

Mr. Stone died on impact. Passenger Randy Howard was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police found five plastic bags of cocaine on the floor of the car.

nThis article is based in part on wire service reports.

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