Sister of Driver in DC Chase: 'Impossible'
Though mom says she had post-partum depression
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 4, 2013 4:25 AM CDT
Updated Oct 4, 2013 7:55 AM CDT
Emergency response vehicles wait outside the apartment complex where Miriam Carey is believed to have lived in Stamford, Conn. Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

(Newser) – Those who knew Miriam Carey, the reported driver of the black Infiniti at the center of yesterday's DC chase, are struggling to believe the news. "That’s impossible. She works, she holds a job," sister Amy Carey tells the Washington Post. "She wouldn’t be in DC. She was just in Connecticut two days ago," though she does have a black car, Amy says. But Carey's mom, Idella, tells ABC News her daughter was suffering from post-partum depression. Miriam gave birth to her daughter last August, Idella Carey says, and "a few months later, she got sick. She was depressed. ... She was hospitalized." (Police confirmed a 1-year-old girl was in the car with Carey when she was killed.)

A former classmate says Miriam Carey "was really just a sweet and nurturing person," and a college friend says Carey was "always very professional" and "very focused." She didn't discuss politics, and wasn't one to lose her temper. But DC police chief Cathy Lanier says the situation yesterday didn't seem to be an accident. The Connecticut Post notes that Carey had no criminal record. Now her neighborhood in Stamford, Conn., is flooded with officials: "A full investigation is underway by federal authorities," says the city's mayor. A few more details have emerged:

  • Carey—or someone with the same name—got a BA in health and nutrition from Brooklyn College in 2007. She also had an associate degree in dental hygiene from the Bronx's Hostos Community College.
  • She moved to Stamford in 2009 after living in Brooklyn, close to her family, for years.
  • In 2002, she gained a dental hygiene license from New York state; in 2009, she got one from Connecticut.
  • She ran a temping business out of her Connecticut condo called Experienced Dental Placements.
  • Her condo association sued her last year for unknown reasons, but the suit was dropped.
BuzzFeed has an account of what's known so far, with photos.

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glat
Oct 6, 2013 2:22 PM CDT
Before he was killed in that commuter train accident in New York last week Charlie Feinman from DAVCOR was going to release a report implicating several deep pocket Tea-Party supporters in this exact conspiracy. DAVCOR was introducing the psychosis inducing drugs over the course of several weeks which cause a dramatic fluctuation in Estrogen levels mimicking post partum symptoms.
squiggysmom1
Oct 5, 2013 11:07 AM CDT
The D.C. police take it very seriously when anyone attempts to breach security at the White House. They always assume it could be a terrorist act. Sadly, this time, it was a woman suffering from postpartum depression. Tragic.
CharlesP
Oct 5, 2013 9:21 AM CDT
When it was TRAYVON, Obama said something like, This could have been me, or my son. WHY ISN'T HE NOW SAYING, "THIS COULD HAVE BEEN MY WIFE, OR ONE OF MY DAUGHTERS"?????????? Where is the OUTRAGE HERE? With ALL THE BARRIERS, and ALL THE SECURITY/POLICE/etc., WHY ALL THE PANIC????????? People in OTHER cities are NOT SHOT DEAD in similar situations. It is NOT like she was "BRANDISHING A WEAPON". She was NOT USING HER KID AS A HOSTAGE! She did NOT REPEATEDLY TRY AND RAM THE SAME BARRIER, IN AN ATTEMPT TO GET PAST IT! She was acting irrationally. This is NOT a GOOD ENOUGH REASON TO SHOOT! She was NOT in any type of bullet armor resistant clothing. She was NOT in "CAMO", with a militaristic appearance. She was NOT wearing any MUSLIM type garb. She was NOT IN A BULLDOZER, TANK OR MONSTER TRUCK! Just an average auto. THE BARRIERS ARE MADE TO PREVENT AN AVERAGE AUTO FROM BREACHING THEM! I am not happy that law enforcement were in harm. But that IS part of their job (a bad part). But people do not respect law enforcement in the U.S., as MOST ARE CORRUPT! (I reported OPEN CORRUPTION IN NEARBY ALEXANDRIA, back in the early 1980's. NO ONE CARED! NO ONE DID ANYTHING! The COPS PROTECT THE CROOKS!) D.C. police/FBI are FAMOUS for HANDLING MANY THINGS IN STUPID WAYS!!! They let the crook go, and THREATEN THE PERSON REPORTING A CRIME or THREAT TO THE GOVERNMENT! They ACT LIKE IT IS A FUN GAME! So why should anyone TAKE THEM SERIOUS??????