Sisters Of Capitol Hill Driver: She Was ‘Fleeing’ Police Out Of Fear (VIDEO)

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The sisters of the woman fatally shot after a high-speed car chase last week in Washington said Miriam Carey simply feared for her life when she led authorities through the heart of the nation’s capital.

“If you hear gun shots, it’s like, ‘I’m afraid. I don’t want to be here. I want to get out of here. I have a baby in a car,’” Valarie Carey told Matt Lauer Monday on TODAY. “My sister was fleeing. She was trying to figure out how to get out of there.”

Miriam Carey, a dental hygienist from Stamford, Conn., used her vehicle to crash through a White House barricade last Thursday. The incident took place just weeks after a gunman terrorized the city at the Navy Yards and days after a federal government shutdown put the entire area under high alert.

Carey then led police on a chase that took them from the White House through a high-security area around the city, striking a police officer in the process. The chase ended near the Capitol when police fatally shot her. Carey’s daughter, who was in the backseat, was not injured.

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  • michelle

    As much as I agree Miriam should still be alive, I don’t buy the “fleeing in fear” claim. It’s clear neither sister knew Miriam was planning a roadtrip to DC and they can’t possibly speak to her state of mind that day. Shots were fired AFTER her erratic behavior. IMO, it’s ok to admit Miriam was not in her right mind AND question why authorities reacted the way they did.

  • justsaying

    I must share my own personal encounter with a friend who has a mental illness, My friend would be telling me and others her delusional thoughts and acting them out but yet when we told her family the thing that she was saying and doing they didn’t believe us because she never show them that side of her. It was not until her landlord called to say she was acting strange and got Baker acted they we willing to believe that she was bipolar . So in so ways I understand Ms. Carey’s family denial about her mental health.