Friends and family at a loss to explain
WASHINGTON - Friends and family were at a loss Thursday to explain why Miriam Carey, 34, a dental hygienist from Stamford, Conn., would have led officers on a high-speed pursuit through the nation's capital. Officers say the black Infiniti involved in the chase was registered to Carey, and they believe it was she, with her 1-year-old daughter sitting behind her, who flattened barricades outside the White House.
The portrait that emerged suggested a person unlikely to be found in the center of such violence. Carey, according to friends and family, had finished college and established a long work history as a dental hygienist.
Her sister, Amy Carey, a Brooklyn nurse, was incredulous when she was reached Thursday afternoon and told what had happened outside the Capitol.
"That's impossible. She works, she holds a job," said Amy Carey. She said she knew of nothing that would bring her sister to Washington. "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."
People who knew Carey described her as dedicated.
She "wanted to have a better life," said Angela Windley, 33, who befriended Carey while both attended Hostos Community College in the Bronx. "The neighborhood we both grew up in wasn't the greatest, and she always talked about getting out."
Carey did not have many friends, Windley said, and could seem "arrogant. If there was a negative, people said that was it."
That trait surfaced at school during their training and was off-putting to some of the faculty, Windley said. "But that was the most negative thing you could say about her."
Windley said she knew of no connections to Washington that Carey might have had and had never heard Carey express any opinion on the government. "This is very shocking," she said as she fought back tears.