Officer Hakim A. Farthing, 28 years old, 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 was lighting flares to close the New York Avenue exit ramp from the Parkway in Hyattsville, Maryland just north of the Washington, DC border.
The drunk driver, Jovada P. Welch, 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. Police later estimated her speed at 47 to 67 mph. A Maryland State Police helicopter that was already overhead landed and a paramedic immediately attended to Officer Farthing.
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, a two year veteran, lived in Alexandria and was assigned to the U.S. Park Police station in Anacostia.
In May 2003 Welch was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison.
Officer Farthing’s name has been engraved on Panel 25, East-23 of the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial