Crime

DC Car Chase Driver Miriam Carey Suffered From Postpartum Depression

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

The car chase suspect, who died Thursday on Capital Hill, was allegedly suffering from mental health issues.

The mother of 34-year-old Miriam Carey says her daughter suffered from post-partum depression.

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Her sister Amy Carey couldn’t believe she was involved in a high-speed chase. “That’s impossible,” she told the Washington Post. “She works, she holds a job.”

Carey was a hygienist in Connecticut.

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“She wouldn’t be in D.C. She was just in Connecticut two day ago,” her sister added.

Carey had a daughter, Erica last August, who was seen being escorted away from a black sedan Thursday afternoon by Capitol police.

"She had post-partum depression after having the baby," her mother, Idella Carey, told ABC News Thursday night. "A few months later, she got sick. She was depressed. ... She was hospitalized."

Idella Carey claimed her daughter had “no history of violence.” She also had no criminal record, according ot the Connecticut Post.

Her mother said she had no idea why her daughter was in D.C. on Thursday. She said she believed Carey was taking her granddaughter to a doctor’s appointment in Connecticut.

D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier said the incident Thursday that resulted in Carey’s death did not appear to be an accident.

Carey’s boss, Dr. Steven Oken, described her as “always happy.”

“I would never in a million years believe that she would do something like this," Dr. Oken told ABC. "It's the furthest thing from anything I would think she would do, especially with her child in the car. I am floored that it would be her."

A former classmate said Carey "was really just a sweet and nurturing person.”

Her neighbor, Angela Corrente, 37, told the Hartford Courant that Carey was a “quiet” person.

"She had a baby," Corrente said. "She's pretty quiet. Pretty much kept to herself."

Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, told CNN Thursday that the driver had mental health problems.

"I got that from multiple sources – that they think she may have had some mental health issues," he said. "Obviously the way she responded at the gate near the White House and then turning around and hitting Secret Service."

Sources: Fox News, Chicago Tribune, Newser