WASHINGTON, D.C. - A traffic crash report, obtained by DCW50, provides new details in a crash involving a D.C. Police SUV and a man on a dirt bike.
Back on May 4th, according to D.C. Police, Jeffrey Price, 22, died after his dirt bike crashed into the SUV at the intersection of Division Avenue and Fitch Place in Northeast.
Since the crash, family members, along with their attorney, have spoken with witnesses who say officers were chasing Price leading up to the crash and that the SUV purposefully pulled out in front of him.
Dirt bikes and ATVs are illegal to ride on city streets, but D.C. Police also have a "no chase" policy.
D.C. Police have said since the crash that there is no evidence to support a pursuit leading up to the crash, but attorney David Shurtz says the traffic crash report may suggest otherwise.
It notes that before the crash, officers were a block behind Price and believed that he was going as fast as 70 mph.
"Obviously they were following him, now that sounds like a chase to me," says Shurtz.
Shurtz, along with family members, friends, and local activists including Black Lives Matter D.C. attended a rally on Friday, along Division Avenue in Northeast, in honor of Price.
The report also states that before the crash, officers were canvassing the area because of a shots fired complaint and Price matched the description of the suspect. This is the first time we've heard that information from police.
Shurtz was trying to get the report for more than a month and finally received it Thursday, and was also surprised to see that detail.
"The fact that they attributed those shots to Price without giving any evidence is highly speculative," he says.
D.C. Police have not commented further on the case and will only say that the crash is under investigation.
A day after the crash, police said their preliminary investigation showed that Price was driving on the wrong side of the road leading up to the crash.
The report notes that and also says the officer pulled the SUV out where he would avoid getting hit.