More Details on the Murray Bus Incident

by ARLnow.com October 29, 2010 at 9:05 am 1,872 9 Comments

Another witness has come forward with additional details about the accident involving the Patrick Murray for Congress campaign bus in Old Town Alexandria. At the same time, however, the woman whose Jeep was sideswiped by the bus says she’s ready to move on.

Barbara Reeder, the Jeep’s owner, says she’s very happy with the way the Murray campaign handled the incident in the hours after our story was published.

“Patrick Murray’s office was just delightful to work with,” the New Jersey resident said, in an unsolicited phone call to ARLnow.com. “I thought they were very responsive.”

“I would hate to see this be a political issue,” she said.

Meanwhile, another witness has shed more light on what happened immediately after the accident, which Alexandria Police say they’re investigating as a possible hit and run.

The witness, who did not want to be identified, said he was behind the bus when its rear end scraped against the Jeep. He said he and his wife managed to pull over a Murray campaign van several blocks away to tell campaign workers and the apparently unaware bus driver what had happened.

At that point, he said, an Alexandria police officer pulled over and talked to the witness and the campaign staff. A Murray staffer said they would go back and check for damage, and the officer drove off, according to the witness.

The bus remained parked in the same place for at least 10 minutes, said the witness, who then went along with his business. He did not know whether anyone from the campaign left a note on the Jeep.

Alexandria Police spokesperson Jody Donaldson says the case has been turned over to the office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, which will decide whether or not to pursue charges. Donaldson was not able to elaborate on the circumstances of the accident.

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  • LP

    “Barbara Reeder, the Jeep’s owner, says she’s very happy with the way the Murray campaign handled the incident in the hours after our story was published.”

    I’m sure she’s happy with how it was handled after it was published. The question is, would the Murray campaign have been so helpful if it wasn’t publicized? I doubt it.

    Well done ARLnow on getting the story out there and helping the vehicle’s owner!

  • Westover

    Thanks for the update. Seems to be much ado about nothing.

    • Janine

      So, you have had contact with the Commonwealth’s Attorney?

      • Westover

        Mr. Murry was not driving the bus, and the lady’s Jeep is getting fixed, yet you want to make it political…. Only one the Commonwealths Attorney can go after here would be the driver of the bus. Probably a guy that is just trying to put food on the table for his family that did not realize he hit anything on those narrow streets. This is a non-issue, unless you really ned to find something to hate about someone you already don’t politically agree with.

        • Janine

          I take it then that you have not had contact with the Commonwealth’s Attorney to confirm your assertion that the incident was “much ado about nothing”.

          • Westover

            The incident was much ado about a fender bender, the political story is much ado about nothing.

          • Janine

            The decision to cruise the narrow streets of Old Town in an oversized bus to bring attention to his campaign speaks to the wisdom of the candidate. How he instructed his staff to respond to the incident ultimately caused by his poor judgement speaks to his honor and integrity. With so many questions raised in the original report, I think the voters would appreciate a candid accounting from the candidate beyond his staff shoving the blame for the incident onto the hapless driver.

  • AB

    Anyone know where Mr. Murray was during the debate last night at Lutheran Resurrection off Washington Blvd? All of the other candidates were there that are seeking office, and apparently Murray confirmed he would be there too. I was disappointed because this was my first chance to hear Moran and Murray debate. I was happy to hear spirited and civil debate for the other office seekers for school board and county board.

  • Jorge

    Republicans…they do a lot of hit and runs. My Mustang got hit and run by one. Thank God for my considerate neighbor that took the tags down. When I called the cops, the cop was trying to talk me out of making him go after the guy, “it’s just a scrape.” I told him, “how about I take a key and run it across your car so everyone will come and crap on it? Either you go find him or I will, and trust me…it won’t be pretty.” The cop tracked the guy down. And how I know the runner is a Republican, found his car and he had a W sticker…yeah, remnants of the decade of the idiot.


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