VP’s SUV Was Partially ‘Airborne’ During 2022 Motorcade Accident

By Victor Winston, updated on March 3, 2024

An unusual incident involving Vice President Kamala Harris's motorcade momentarily captured Washington, D.C.'s attention last year. One that has been underreported and busts the Vice President for being quiet about the incident. On a rather ordinary day in Washington, D.C., the motorcade carrying Vice President Kamala Harris was involved in an incident that appeared less ordinary, sparking discussions about internal communications within the Secret Service.

The event unfolded on October 3, 2022, when the 2018 Chevrolet Suburban ferrying the Vice President struck a high curb. This abrupt contact caused the vehicle’s rear to lift off the ground briefly. Initially, the incident was miscommunicated to Secret Service leadership as stemming from a "mechanical failure."

In the wake of the mishap, further investigations revealed notable details. The special agent driver, behind the wheel during the incident, had been exempt from mandatory defensive driving training, a detail that has raised eyebrows considering the circumstances. The exemption was articulated in a memorandum, pointing out the repositioning of the vehicle in the motorcade as part of the justification.

Following the incident, Vice President Harris was swiftly transferred to another vehicle, unharmed, and the journey continued to the White House without further incidents. Significantly, there was no report of additional property damage as a result of the mishap.

Revelations from Secret Service Documentation

The event's documentation, including an official accident report, internal emails, and photographs of the damaged vehicle, came to light following a Freedom of Information Act request filed by NBC News. The release of these 26 pages of documents has pulled back the curtain on internal operations and decision-making within the Secret Service, an agency that prides itself on precision and confidentiality, Yahoo reported.

Anthony Guglielmi noted the sequence of updates. "After the protective movement was completed, leadership was verbally updated with additional pertinent facts that the vehicle struck a curb." He added, "I attempted to maneuver back into the left lane but was unsuccessful as the right rear tire of the limo made contact with the curb."

The document's release shines a light on the event's handling and the decisions made in its aftermath. It emphasizes that neither the absence of fault on the part of an employee nor the lack of a citation itself is a valid reason to bypass required training protocols.

The incident not only raises questions about the immediate response and internal communications within the Secret Service but also presents broader concerns regarding operational transparency and accountability. Those concerns are amplified by the revelation that the driver "overcorrected" before hitting the curb, leading to the momentary airborne state of the Vice President's vehicle.

Conclusion

The occurrence, while not resulting in any physical injuries or significant property damage, casts a spotlight on the Secret Service’s internal practices. Specifically, how incidents are reported and how staff training requirements are managed post-incident.

This scenario unfolded as the motorcade navigated a rain-slicked Virginia Avenue NW, in the Foggy Bottom area, highlighting the challenges and unpredictability of protective transportation.

The broader implications of the incident extend into areas of public trust and the expectations of accountability from federal agencies safeguarding the nation's leaders. The reassessment of internal protocols might be on the horizon for the Secret Service as it reflects on this event and the lessons learned.

This incident serves as a multifaceted case study. It illustrates the complexities of protective service operations, the importance of accurate internal communications, and the potential impact of exceptions to standard procedures.

The journey of Vice President Kamala Harris's motorcade on that rainy day in October inadvertently prompted a closer examination of the practices within an agency charged with one of the most critical responsibilities — the protection of the United States' top elected officials.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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