July 3, 2010

Passenger from DC hit-and-run is found

We have new developments on a motorcycle rider who was struck and dragged by a car in Northwest D.C. Thirty-five-year-old Todd Beckett was hit a week ago, and has endured three surgeries since the accident. Now sources tell ABC 7 News police have found the owner of the car, who was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the accident. Sources also say the car owner is under investigation because he's not cooperating with detectives by revealing all he may know about who was behind the wheel that night. D.C. police are still searching for the hit-and-run driver who struck Beckett, backed up over him, and then dragged the victim for more than a block.

Beckett, was seriously injured. Beckett, who is married, mentors teens and volunteers at church. He is the kind of guy, friends say, who will make a bunch of sandwiches and hand them out to the homeless in his Petworth neighborhood. Beckett was riding his motorcycle on 13th Street, about 10:30 p.m. last Friday when a white sedan on Quincy failed to stop. He was two blocks from home.

"It is pretty gruesome and frankly, one of the most inhumane things I have ever seen," said Christopher Baer, one of Beckett's friends.

Witnesses say Beckett was thrown to the ground. Three teenage girls jumped out of the back of the sedan, and then the driver did the unthinkable.

"We screamed, 'Don't back up! Don't back up!" recalled Sharon Jackson, who witnessed the incident.

The car did back up, trapping Beckett underneath,

"Just to have a body stuck underneath a car and you're dragging him and the guy was wearing shorts so you know he's getting destroyed," said another witness, Isabel Tumblin. "It was just one of the most horrible things I have ever seen."

"The guy was just driving so fast," Jackson added. "I was just running down the street in my bare feet."

The car dragged Beckett nearly a city block before he became dislodged. Almost two dozen neighbors rushed outside -- many stayed with him, while others kept close watch on three girls who had jumped from the car.

"Two of them wanted to leave, but we were not going to let them," Tumblin recalled.

The girls said they had just met the driver through Facebook. Beckett's has undergone three surgeries, with more to come. The driver is still out there.

"Do the right thing," Jackson said. "Because it was an accident, when the person chose to leave the scene of the accident that is when it became a crime."

Investigators have recovered the car involved. SOURCE: WJLA

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