Thoughts and prayers are with the family of Oren Dorell, a famous USA Today reporter, who was killed in a tragic DUI accident on June 8.
The well-regarded 53-year-old was riding his motorcycle in Washington D.C. on Friday evening when another vehicle suddenly smashed into him. The driver of the Toyota Camry panicked and fled the scene leaving Dorell injured on the road.
Police were notified about the collision by witnesses, and emergency medical teams arrived at around 8:30 P.M. Dorell was treated at the scene and transported by ambulance to the closest hospital. Hospital staff were sad to report they were unable to rescue the victim. It’s unclear whether the suspect’s failure to immediately report the incident played a contributing factor in the victim’s death.
Dorell is highly respected for his journalism work. In the past, he travelled internationally to places such as Ukraine, Iraq and Egypt to report on war ravaged areas. In one iconic photograph highlighted on is Twitter account, Dorell can be seen conversing and shaking hands with the Dalai Lama. He leaves behind a wife, Virginia Knapp Dorell, and two young boys, a 12-year-old and an 11-year-old.
Authorities later caught up with the hit-and-run suspect, Daryl Grant Alexander. The 47-year-old was immediately arrested and detained. While lab reports have not confirmed the suspect’s intoxication levels, police have reason to believe Alexander was under the influence when the fatal accident occurred. The suspect will be facing multiple charges including leaving the scene of an accident, driving under the influence and second-degree murder.