A D.C. local posted on Twitter photos showing an unusual pave job that went around an abandoned vehicle and leaving that area unpaved. Residents questioned why the car was not towed ahead of the paving.
The pictures were shared on Monday by Ward 8 resident Jacque Patterson, who asked “How the hell does @DDOTD pave a whole street, and instead of towing an abandoned car, they pave AROUND it?!?”
It’s unacceptable to treat one ward differently than another! How the hell does @DDOTDC pave a whole street, and instead of towing an abandoned car, they pave AROUND it?!? As we say EotR, this wouldn't happen West of the Park!! @trayonwhite @CMBrandonTodd @MayorBowser @ pic.twitter.com/QUzHz0akbC
— Jacque Patterson (@DC_Edvocate) September 9, 2019
The car was parked along the 700 block of Yuma St. Southeast and reportedly had a flat tire, along with a broken window.
While many Twitter users found the incident funny, some were outraged at the negligence of authorities. Others recalled similar occurences in other places.
LOL…I laugh to stop from crying. The same thing happened in the 1400 block of Bangor St, SE. The one time you would be forgiven for towing and you don't…🤨
— Troy Donté Prestwood (@TroyDonte) September 9, 2019
Saw this once on 30th St NW.
— DK1 (@DK1too) September 11, 2019
D.C. Ward 8 Councilman Trayon White, who was mentioned in Patterson’s post, immediately reacted with a tweet, asking the exact location of the photo, and calling the incident unacceptable.
Jacque, where was this? This is totally unacceptable!! 😡😡
— Trayon White (@trayonwhite) September 10, 2019
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) also responded, saying they were dispatching employees to the address on the Yuma Street.
— Jacque Patterson (@DC_Edvocate) September 10, 2019