WEB EXCLUSIVE: UPD responds to late night car race

Posted Nov. 19, 10:30 p.m. – A silver Mercedes Kompressor skidded onto the sidewalk of the Alumni House at 20th and F streets Sunday night, making a loud screeching noise outside Thurston Hall that brought curious residents outside at 11:30 p.m.

A University Police officer on the scene who identified herself as Corporal Archie said two cars, the Kompressor and a green pick-up truck, were racing down F Street when the Mercedes suddenly turned left onto 20th Street. The Mercedes was traveling at such a high speed it was unable to make the turn safely and skidded across the corner, causing the loud noise, Archie said.

A group of sophomores and juniors said they heard the words “Ready, set, go,” followed by two cars revving their engines at the corner of 21st and F streets seconds before the crash.

“It looks like they parallel parked it,” said one freshman, referring to the car’s position on the sidewalk next to the Alumni House, parallel to Francis Scott Key Hall.

UPD, Metropolitan Police and GW’s emergency medical service, EMErG, were on the scene. Officials reported no injuries to the driver or passengers of the Mercedes, although the vehicle was only inches away from striking an electrical pole. It is unclear whether they were GW students, although the involved parties were young.

UPD could not be reached for comment.

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