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Posted at 5:45 AM ET, 10/30/2010

D.C. police officer dies in car accident

By Clarence Williams

Updated: 9:09 a.m.

A D.C. police officer responding to an incident early Saturday morning died after the car he was driving crashed into a wooden Pepco pole, police said Saturday.

Officer Paul Dittamo, 32, has been a member of the police department since June 2009. The car he was driving crashed on the 2200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE at about 1:30 a.m. Dittamo was pronounced dead at a local hospital at 2:06 a.m.

Another officer, who was a passenger, sustained injuries that are not life-threatening. He is undergoing medical treatment, said police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump in a statement.

The crash remains under investigation, she said.

--Michael Birnbaum

Original post:

A D.C. police officer died in a car accident early Saturday while responding to an emergency call in Southeast Washington, officials said.

Police officials released few details but said the officer was involved in a single vehicle accident in the 2400 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue at about 1:30 a.m.

The officer was responding to a call to help evaluate a person reportedly on PCP.

The D.C. police's major crash unit is investigating the cause of the accident.

--Clarence Williams

By Clarence Williams  | October 30, 2010; 5:45 AM ET
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Comments

RIP Brother.

Posted by: Chazo | October 30, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Somehow we expect our law enforcement to be super people. How terribly sad! My condolences to the Dittamo family, friends and colleagues.

Posted by: Ross65 | October 30, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Just saw you last night and we were joking around. It's not suppose to happen this way..........RIP(7D)

Posted by: stixbx | October 30, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Condolences to Mr. Dittamo's family, friends and colleagues.

Posted by: Itzajob | October 30, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

sorry to hear that my prayer go out to his family. bob frozen custard

Posted by: johnsonhermanj | October 30, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

sorry to hear that my prayer gos outto his family

Posted by: johnsonhermanj | October 30, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Was he wearing his seat belt? Many cops don't because they feel laws don't apply to them.

Posted by: DCFanatic | October 30, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

DCFanatic- I'm an NYPD wife and my husband doesn't always wear his seatbelt when responding to incidents or emergencies because he's running on adrenaline and needs to jump out of the car as soon as it slows. Keep your nonsense out of stories when someone whose job to protect YOUR life is taken.

Many prayers to Officer Ditamo's family.

Posted by: jcar1 | October 30, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

DCFanatic- I'm an NYPD wife and my husband doesn't always wear his seatbelt when responding to incidents or emergencies because he's running on adrenaline and needs to jump out of the car as soon as it slows. Keep your nonsense out of stories when someone whose job to protect YOUR life is taken.

Many prayers to Officer Ditamo's family.

Posted by: jcar1 | October 30, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Memo to DCFanatic:

You should wear a mouthbelt.

And blow into it to verify your stupidity is less than .08 for it to unlock.

Posted by: mdpilot | October 30, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

DCFanatic wrote: Was he wearing his seat belt? Many cops don't because they feel laws don't apply to them.

You are a total idiot - obviously being human doesnt apply to you! RIP Officer Dittamo

Posted by: DCLEO4life | October 30, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

DCFanatic wrote: Was he wearing his seat belt? Many cops don't because they feel laws don't apply to them.

I wish there was a criminal offense code for posting stupid comments. Dimwit!!!

Posted by: Chazo | October 31, 2010 1:54 AM | Report abuse

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