Officer Hakim Azim Farthing

Officer Hakim Azim Farthing

United States Department of the Interior - United States Park Police, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, August 10, 2002

Hakim Azim Farthing

Officer Hakim Farthing was struck and killed by a drunk driver 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 had closed the New York Avenue exit ramp from the Parkway in Hyattsville, Maryland just north of the Washington, DC border. The drunk driver 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. A Maryland State Police helicopter that was already overhead landed and a paramedic immediately attended to Officer Farthing.

The drunk driver pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, driving under the influence, and reckless driving. She was sentenced to five years in prison.

Officer Farthing was a U.S. Army veteran and had been employed with the United States Park Police for two years. He is survived by his young son and parents.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 408

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Location Maryland
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 5 years

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This year marks 15 years since Officer Hakim Farthing paid the ultimate sacrifice. His son (Eric) was 3 years old at the time and has grown into an amazing young man. Members of the United States Park Police honored Hakim's son at his high school graduation recently and he will be attending college in the fall.

Legacies are made of sacrifice, surviving, and remembrance. Sobering and Honorable legacy for the surviving family and the USPP.

Chief of Police Rob MacLean
United States Park Police

August 10, 2017

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