Death-Obituary VP Was in Car Accident, Initially Characterized as ‘Mechanical Failure’

Death-Obituary VP Was in Car Accident, Initially Characterized as ‘Mechanical Failure’

On Monday morning in Washington, D.C., a motorcade that was taking Vice President Harris to work was involved in a one-car accident on a closed roadway. This incident concerned both the Secret Service director and the vice president, and it revived worries about the agency’s history of concealing its mistakes, according to two people who are familiar with the incident. The accident occurred on a roadway that was closed to traffic.

According to the people who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share internal discussions, the Secret Service agent driving Harris in an SUV hit the curb of a downtown tunnel hard enough that the vehicle’s tire needed to be replaced. This brought the motorcade to a halt near Foggy Bottom at about 10:20 a.m.

In order for the Secret Service to get Harris to the White House in complete safety, she had to be moved to a different car in the motorcade. Because of the usual nature of the trip and the extensive training that is necessary for Secret Service officers who drive the president and vice president, many people within the agency, including Harris, were mystified as to how an accident of this sort could take place.

In addition, the Secret Service omitted to include important information of the incident in an electronic communication that was sent to formally alert senior leadership about the delay in the motorcade’s arrival. According to the information that was provided to The Washington Post regarding the alert, the protective intelligence division of the agency reported that “a mechanical failure” in the lead car was the reason why agents were forced to transfer Harris to another vehicle during a scheduled movement to the White House.

According to one of the sources, by the afternoon of Monday, the Director of the Secret Service, Kim Cheatle, had received information from other agents indicating that the alert did not adequately reflect what had occurred. In point of fact, a great number of other Secret Service agents on Harris’s detail and at the White House, in addition to Harris herself, were aware that her vehicle had in fact hit the side pavement of a tunnel.

A spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris said that Harris is appreciative of everything that the Secret Service does to ensure her safety. “The Vice President sustained no injuries and is grateful for the prompt reaction by her USSS detail to get her to the White House safely,” said Kirsten Allen in an emailed statement. “The Vice President appreciates the quick response by her USSS detail.”

According to a representative for the Secret Service named Anthony Guglielmi, the driver made an excessive steering correction, which led to the crash. He reported that Harris was taken to the White House without incident and without suffering any injuries.

“A car that was part of a motorcade on Monday had a small overcorrection and hit a curb,” he stated. “This occurred during a protective maneuver.” “The protected individual was moved to a different car, and the procession proceeded to its destination.” There were no reports of anyone being hurt.”

According to him, agents did not originally give the complete specifics of what caused the difficulty in the vice president’s motorcade in the formal written notice; nevertheless, they later briefed their superiors in person on the situation. Full Story

Death-Obituary VP Was in Car Accident, Initially Characterized as ‘Mechanical Failure’