Five Dead, Five Injured in Weekend of Traffic Accidents

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Byline: Amy Doolittle, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

A rash of traffic accidents in the D.C. area over the weekend left five persons dead and five others injured, including one of the District's most familiar volunteer reserve police officers.

Reserve Officer Joseph Pozell, 59, remained in critical condition yesterday after a 19-year-old Virginia woman driving a Honda CR-V struck him Saturday afternoon at M Street and Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown. The accident occurred shortly after 3:30 p.m.

Charges were pending against the woman, whose identity has not been released, as police continued their investigation into the accident.

"You've got to remember we're not exactly certain what happened," said Sgt. Joe Gentile, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department. "All we're going to say is that it's under investigation."

A three-year veteran of the police department's reserve officer corps, Officer Pozell has volunteered on many weeknights for nearly 18 months to help ease congestion during rush hour.

Officer Pozell also manages the Oak Hill Cemetery in Northwest, where he lives on the property with his wife. Officer Pozell has an adult son.

Friends and family are planning a candlelight vigil for Officer Pozell at 7:30 p.m. today at 30th and R streets NW. D.C. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey and other D.C. officials are expected to attend.

Officer Pozell, who is at George Washington University Hospital, was one of several persons involved in car accidents over the past two days.

Early yesterday morning, a woman was struck and killed by a car as she tried to cross the southbound lanes of Interstate 495 near Route 202 in Landover.

The woman, whose identity was not released, was struck by a car traveling south near Route 202 just after 3 a.m.

Police said a Clinton man who was driving the vehicle tried to avoid hitting the woman.

Maryland State Police, who are investigating the crash, did not return telephone calls seeking comment yesterday. …