The United States Park Police is investigating a crash that, it says, “occurred at approximately 10:40 p.m. July 9 when a vehicle traveling northbound on Ohio Drive near Parkway Drive left the roadway and crashed into the Potomac River. One passenger swam to shore and alerted authorities.”
“With the assistance of many agencies, the vehicle was located under water. Both the driver and another passenger were found deceased in the vehicle. At this point, the cause of the crash and the causes of death are still being investigated.” The surviving passenger was taken to George Washington University, according to WJLA.
Also on hand at the accident scene near the Roosevelt Bridge were Metropolitan Police and D.C. Fire and EMS. Divers and rescue crews searched for more than two hours for the car, according to WUSA9. The crashed car is a Hyundai.
The names of the survivor and dead passengers were not immediately released. Later, Park Police did identify one of the deceased as Marquis Goodman of Washington, D.C.
As for speculation on the the cause of the crash, some have indicated that an area of the riverbank just south of Roosevelt Bridge does not have a railing and is near a sharp right curve for northbound drivers.
Anyone with information regarding this incident are asked to call the Park Police at 202-610-8730.