Attorney, family of dirt biker killed in crash with police vehicle raise questions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Family members of a man killed in a crash with a D.C. Police vehicle, while on a dirt bike, have concerns about what led up to the crash.

They tell DCW50 they heard from witnesses that Jeffrey Price was pursued by an officer and the SUV pulled out in front of him.

Police say a preliminary investigation revealed that around 1:49 p.m. on Friday, Price was riding a dirt bike northbound in the 500 block of Division Avenue on the wrong side of the roadway.

While the motorcycle was traveling at a high rate of speed on Division Avenue, police say it struck a marked police vehicle.

When asked about the family's concerns, a police spokesperson said:

"All aspects of the incident remain under investigation, however, there is no indication at this time that we were involved in a pursuit. If there are witnesses that have information to suggest otherwise, they should contact police immediately."

The Price family's attorney, David Shurtz, says Detective Michael Pepperman handed the family his business card after the crash to let them know he would be investigating.

Shurtz says he represented a client, killed in a crash with Pepperman while on a dirt bike, which resulted in a settlement with D.C. Police.

Shultz provided DCW50 with the Judge James Boasberg's opinion on the case, which includes testimony from the passenger in Pepperman's car at the time.

She said, "my statement regarding what transpired is not going to be the same as his. He did that on purpose."

A D.C. Police spokesperson said the lead investigator on the case is Detective Bruce, and all body camera footage from the responding officers and from the scene will be reviewed, as with all investigations.