Isaac Brock notes in his most popular song that sometimes you can get off scot free when you get into a car accident with a police cruiser. Hey, sometimes life's OK. The DC version of this occurrence is very un-OK. In Washington you can run over 35 people after getting into a fender bender with a cop.
Everyone who's been paying attention knows about that horrible, um, I don't know what to call it. "Accident" certainly isn't the right word since it looks like the driver, Tonya Bell, was enjoying herself. Let's call it a vehicular spree.
If you decided to enjoy the weekend instead of following the news, here's the scoop: Bell rear-ended a police cruiser and sped off. Officers decided against pursuit because apparently a hit-and-run accident is not a serious enough offense to warrant an immediate arrest in the name of public safety. Once again, just like the tragic death of Alan Sennit, the inaction of those who are supposed to protect Washington's citizenry bites us in the ass. After hitting the police cruiser, Bell drove into a church festival and ran over a crowd of people. Thirty-five were hospitalized. Quite a few of them were children. Bell never slowed down. She was laughing. It looks like she was smoking crack too. And the MPD had their shot to take her down before anyone was hurt. Bravo.
Bell had a 7-year-old child in the car with her. He's now in DC's protective services. I say we get him out of there right quick. Tonya Bell is a monster, but, unlike DC's child services, she never actually killed anyone.