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Officer Hakim Azim Farthing

Hakim A. Farthing

Officer Hakim A. Farthing was struck and killed by a drunk driver on August 10, 2002. while assisting at the scene of another accident on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway at 0330 hours.

Officers were investigating an earlier fatal accident and Officer Farthing had closed the New York Avenue exit ramp from the Parkway in Hyattsville, Maryland just north of the Washington, DC border.

The drunk driver drove through cones and flares, struck Officer Farthing, killing him instantly, and then continued 2000 feet before being stopped by other officers who witnessed the incident.

A Maryland State Police helicopter that was already overhead landed and a paramedic immediately attended to Officer Farthing.

He was 28 years old, was a U. S. Army veteran and had two years of U. S. Park Police service.

From the Archives of the Washington Post


Stopped At Crash, Officer Killed; Maryland Driver Was Drunk, Park Police Say

Aug 11, 2002


Hakim Farthing, 28, was pronounced dead at the scene, in the Cheverly area, about 3:35 a.m. yesterday. Police arrested Jovada P. Welch, 20, of Silver Spring and charged her with driving under the influence and involuntary manslaughter, said Sgt. Scott Fear, a Park Police spokesman.

Welch drove through cones and flares blocking a ramp leading from the southbound lanes of the parkway to New York ...


Teary Farewell to a Brother Lost; Hundreds Mourn Officer Who Kept Pledge to 'Do Your Department Proud'

Aug 17, 2002


Hakim A. Farthing], who was born in Philadelphia, spent some of his childhood in the Washington area before his family moved to New Jersey. After graduation from Rutgers University, where he received a degree in criminal justice, Farthing joined the Army, serving in the prestigious Old Guard ceremonial unit.

Farthing lived in Alexandria and was assigned to the Park Police station in Anacostia.


Motorist Guilty in Death Of Park Police Officer; Drunk Driver to Get Five-Year Term

Mar 12, 2003


[Hakim A. Farthing] was lighting flares to close a ramp connecting New York Avenue and the parkway. Orange cones also indicated that the ramp was closed. Yet [Jovada P. Welch] drove onto the parkway in her 1999 Pontiac Sunfire. Police later estimated her speed at 47 to 67 mph.


Rage, Remorse at Sentencing in Officer's Death

Jun 25, 2003


James T. Farthing, the officer's father, brought a framed photo of his only son and asked [Deborah K. Chasanow] for permission to display it so [Jovada P. Welch] could see it while he spoke. One of Welch's attorneys took the photo and placed it in front of Welch, who stared at it as Farthing spoke.


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