Hit and Run on P Street

Photo by Constance Chatfield-Taylor
A truck takes down a tree early Monday morning, and leaves the scene.
A truck takes down a tree early Monday morning, and leaves the scene.

“I woke up feeling a huge thud on the house,” Amy Stroh said.  “It was surreal, I could hear a truck and scratching on the windows.  As the scraping sounds continued,  I kept trying to make some kind of sense of it,” she continued.  “Maybe they are doing early tree work of some kind?  That truck is meant to be there?”

No major damage to the house. (Photo by: Constance Chatfield-Taylor) No major damage to the house.

Ms. Stroh’s thoughts as the sounds continued were to get away from the windows,  wake up her daughter, and figure out what was happening.  

“I wasn’t sure the bricks weren’t going to start coming down.”  

It was 6:10 am, Ms. Stroh’s house was besieged by leaves and branches and the sound had finally stopped.  She looked through the branches and could see a blue truck exiting the scene. 

As it turns out, a huge tree had been hit by a trash truck, apparently shifted into lower gears, and kept going, as reported by a road crew member who was doing early paperwork at the other end of the block.   The large tree hit her house and split, and Ms. Stroh was told by the firefighter who responded to the 911 call that, “the house was stronger than the tree.”

Will Pryce, on his way to school, points out a piece of trim, left over from the impact of the blue truck. (Photo by: Constance Chatfield-Taylor) Will Pryce, on his way to school, points out a piece of trim, left over from the impact of the blue truck.

“I couldn’t get out to take my daughter to school,” Ms. Stroh said, “as my front door was covered with branches and the alley was blocked by the trunk of the tree.  We were stranded.”  “The firemen cut the branches from the door so we could get out and my daughter was picked up by her grandmother, and she made it to school on time.”

Uprooted tree destroyed by trash truck (Photo by: Constance Chatfield-Taylor) Uprooted tree destroyed by trash truck

The tree was gone by noon.  

 “The foreman of the paving company got on with 911 and told them it needed to be attended to immediately, that the tree was putting the neighborhood at risk,” Ms. Stroh said.  “He was great.”

“It was an awakening experience,” Ms. Stroh said as we finished our conversation.

Indeed.

(Photo by: Constance Chatfield-Taylor)

 

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Anonymous

Do you what trash truck did it, DC or private? You should follow up and have them pursued for the damage they did and leaving the scene of the accident! It is outrageous that they would hit the tree and drive away.

Constance

I don't believe they have identified the truck/driver yet. The police and other authorities are working on it...

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