Unfortunately, the consequences of car accidents can be quite harsh. In 2012 alone, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Administration, there were more than 25,500 deadly accidents. While the list of injuries and specific causes is long and quite varied, the majority of deaths stem from the actual accident. Last week, in Washington D.C., a man found in a crashed and overturned vehicle died not from the accident itself, but from a gunshot wound.
Police used fingerprints to identify the man as 24-year-old Roshaine Henry, said Officer Araz Alali. He was found in the back seat of the car and died shortly after arriving at an area hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest. The original shooting, reportedly, occurred just before 8 p.m. on Wednesday, and the wrecked car was located not far from that spot.
“Authorities said the man found inside had been shot in the chest,” notes Peter Hermann in The Washington Post. “Police would not comment on whether any other evidence was recovered or if the man was shot from inside or outside the car.”
D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said that no arrest had yet been made when he was contacted on Thursday. He did say, however, that, “We’re making a lot of progress.”
Officer Hugh Carew, a spokesman for the department, said that police were called to the scene near the 900 block of Madison Street NW, close to Georgia Ave. It was not immediately evident how the shooting and accident progressed.
The incident was the 26th homicide of the year in Washington D.C., and is unique in the sense that it may end up doubling as a car accident statistic as well.