Police tow Maryland man's car after stopping to help victims in fatal crash

Benjamin Davis III says his car was towed because he stopped to help the victims of a fatal crash. (ABC7)

When a car in front of him went out of control, flipping into a ravine off Suitland Parkway on Sunday night, Benjamin Davis III could've driven by. But he says he knew people needed help. So he stopped.

"The guy is hanging out of the passenger side door. Unfortunately, his friend was crushed," Davis said.

Davis managed to get the survivor out of the car, but the second person in the car, 21-year-old Kyree Payne of Northeast D.C., died.

Davis, who lives in Baltimore and was on his way to work, says he told D.C. Police everything he witnessed and was allowed to leave. But when he was just a block away, he was pulled over by a D.C. Police officer – and that's when his nightmare began.

"He said, 'You're being detained because you were a witness to a vehicle where someone died in an accident,'" Davis said.

Davis said he was made to wait for about two hours and was harshly questioned, before he claims a police supervisor told him because he witnessed a fatal crash, his car was being towed.

Davis also said that he was not involved in the crash and that his driver's license is active and his car is registered and insured — as police gave him no citations. Unfortunately for Davis, he will have to find a way to work as his car is still impounded.

"I got treated like a suspect and my car was stolen by police in D.C., and I don't know where my vehicle is," Davis said.

A spokesman for D.C. Police now says an officer impounded Davis's car at the scene because he wouldn't show officers a valid driver's license and that computer checks showed he didn't possess one. Davis tells WJLA that is not true. He claims he possesses a valid license. We continue to work the story.

UPDATE (Dec. 13): ABC7 News has now confirmed that Benjamin Davis III has a Maryland driver's license, but his license is currently suspended.

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