Thursday, February 4, 2010

Daily Caller Jim Treacher Hit by US Diplomatic SUV? Sean Medlock Hit by US Diplomatic Vehicle

Sean Medlock who writes under the name Jim Treacher for the new Daily Caller was hit by a black SUV driven by a U.S. Diplomatic Security employee. Medlock says he was walking across a street, legally, with the proper crossing light.

The story is, the SUV made "an illegal left turn," and hit him. As as result, his knee is broken. Very painful to have a broken knee!

After much speculation that the vehicle belonged to Secret Service, then the State Deparment, then the U.S. Diplomatic Security service (which is probably the State Department) - well, good luck with that. Those people are immune from everything:

An agent in the vehicle, Mike McGuinn, did not identify himself to Medlock at the scene, or apologize for running him down. Indeed, Washington, D.C., police drove to a local emergency room to serve Medlock with a jaywalking citation as he lay prostrate in a hospital bed, while a man who identified himself as “special agent” stood by watching and taking notes.

Reached on his cell phone the following day by the Daily Caller, McGuinn refused to answer questions about the incident.

“I’m a federal agent and I’m not allowed to talk to the media,” McGuinn said, citing “liability.” McGuinn initially declined even to reveal which agency he works for. “You can refer to the [DC] police department report,” he said before hanging up abruptly. (According the police department, no report will be publicly available for at least three days.)
Curiously, the ticket says that Medlock was struck at an intersection four blocks from where the accident actually took place. And it claims that Medlock was walking diagonally across the intersection at the time. In one of his strikingly short conversations with the Daily Caller, agent Mike McGuinn acknowledged that Medlock was not jaywalking at all, but walking “outside the crosswalk when the incident occurred.”
The Daily Caller has a lot of questions. Among them: was McGuinn on or off duty? Was he escorting someone at the time of the accident? Did he urge the police to issue the jaywalking ticket, knowing that Medlock/Treacher was not jaywalking? There is more. Read it all here. Treacher faces surgery on his knee next week. Via Memorandum.

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