01 November 2010

More senseless automobile deaths in Baltimore; what about Andrew?

From the Baltimore Sun:
Three people were killed when a man driving a stolen car drove through a red light in Federal Hill and crashed into their vehicle, police said.
The victims, all from the Morrell Park area, were identified by police as Michael Ledford, 17, of the 2000 block of Griffis Ave; Kevin Thomas, 18, of the 1700 block of Monterey St.; and Briana Macapagal, whose age was not provided by police, of the 300 block of Woodyear St.
At about 11:30 p.m., police said Charles Johnson III, 19, was driving northbound on Hanover Street in a Lincoln Town Car that had been reported stolen earlier that night. Police said Johnson drove through a red light at the intersection with Ostend Street and struck a 1994 Ford Tempo that was being driven westbound by Ledford.
and...
Officer James Wissman, who was in the area at the time, observed Johnson exit the Town Car and attempt to flee on foot. Wissman apprehended Johnson and searched him, finding a bag of suspected marijuana in his pants pocket.
A second man was also apprehended and taken to a local hospital but has not been charged.
Johnson has been charged with automobile manslaughter, drug violations and car theft, according to police.
In barely 12 hours, the police apprehended Johnson, determined that he ran a red light, and charged him with automobile manslaughter.  Kudos to them for their quick work.

However, last night's senseless deaths also marked 28 days--4 weeks since Andrew was killed in a car accident in Baltimore when one of the drivers ran a red light.  Who ran the red light? The police still don't know.  No one has been apprehended, or charged. Why?

As I said before, I recognize that investigations take weeks and months.  In this case last night, even the most preliminary information included who ran the red light; and charges have already been filed.  But it was three weeks before we even got a copy of the most basic accident investigation report (which didn't include anything we didn't already know), and that was through our lawyer.  Why?

For one reason or another, the officer who needs to sign off on Andrew's personal belongings still has not done so.  Why?

Is it wrong to want the most basic answers?

Andrew's friends and family will never forget him, but it is incumbent upon us to make sure that the Baltimore Police Department does not forget him.  That the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office does not forget him.

The news may come and go, but we will not stop until we get justice for Andrew.
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