File this under unsubstantiated, but shocking reports. From a local listserv:
I was biking home Saturday afternoon around 4pm and was in the middle of the intersection at 16th and C St SE when a police SUV blew through a stop sign at high speed, with no lights or siren on, and struck me, knocking me off my bike. Thankfully I wasn’t injured too badly, and the officer who hit me immediately took responsibility and was very polite and apologetic, stating that he didn’t see me and offering to pay for any damage to my bike.
The sergeant who responded to the scene and will be filing the police report took a brief statement from me, then told me to leave my bike at the scene and go home. After waiting around my house for longer than I would’ve expected, he came to my door with another person to photograph my injuries and return my bike, then told me he would be citing me for running a stop sign, despite neither officer claiming to have witnessed this. I was told that the incident would be referred to a “Crash Response Board” to determine if the officer involved would face any administrative penalty, but that he would not be immediately cited for running the stop sign or hitting me.
If anyone in the neighborhood witnessed this accident I’d appreciate you getting in touch with me directly.
Somewhat related, Megan Odett, the heart and soul behind Kidical Mass in DC, was recently hit by a car and ticketed by the police - in the hospital for "failure to pay full time and attention." This was based on security footage that reportedly showed she didn't turn her head.
I can't tell if Megan came to a complete stop, as the footage hasn't started yet, but it's clear the driver doesn't. And that Megan was in the intersection before the driver was. And that it was her "turn" to go meaning that she had the right-of-way. And that the driver just wasn't paying attention. And remember, the police saw this footage. It's not like they made the wrong call based on the drivers testimony.