34-year-old Miriam Carey was the mystery woman behind the wheel of the black Infinity that led the Metropolitan D.C police on a high speed chase down Pennsylvania Ave. on yesterday. According to her mother, Carey has been suffering from postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter 18 months ago..
Carey was a resident of Stamford, CT where she worked as a dental hygienist. She moved to Connecticut in 2009 following disputes with her landlord in Brooklyn, NY. According to Angela Windley, who was a friend of Carey said of her, "She could be arrogant and conceited, as if she knew everything."
According to family members, Carey had no business being in Washington on Thursday. Her sister Amy Carter said in a statement:
That’s impossible. She works, she holds a job. She wouldn’t be in D.C. She was just in Connecticut two days ago, I spoke to her. . . . I don’t know what’s happening. I can’t answer any more.
During the initial press briefing following the pronouncement of Carey's demise, it was reported that she had a 1 or 2-year-old child in the car. That child was taken into protective custody where she was reported to be in good condition.
According to the spokesperson for the Washington, D.C. police, Carey did not have a weapon in her possession. The car she was driving was registered in her name and driven from the Stamford, CT area.
Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia said:
A full investigation is underway by federal authorities who are in Stamford currently. Stamford police are assisting federal authorities as needed.
One neighbor, Kevin Morano, told The Stamford Advocate that Carey always "drove too fast."