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Posted at 4:02 PM ET, 02/22/2011

Fairfax man dies in alleged drunk driving crash

By Tom Jackman
Tom Jackman

A Fairfax County man, who was riding in a car allegedly driven by a drunk driver, died Saturday from injuries suffered in a crash in Franconia last week, Fairfax police said Monday.

Adrian Cardozo, 21, of the 3500 block of Elmwood Drive in Huntington, was a passenger in a 2004 Subaru Impreza driven by Joseph Shuttleworth, police said. Shuttleworth, 21, of the 6200 block of Lewin Drive in Franconia, was driving the Impreza east on Franconia Road around 2:10 a.m. on Feb. 15, police said.

Investigators believe that Shuttleworth was driving too fast, failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the road, striking a utility pole near the intersection with Guilford Drive. Both Cardozo and Shuttleworth were ejected from the Impreza and hospitalized, police said.

Cardozo died Saturday at the hospital, police said. Shuttleworth was charged with driving under the influence, and police are continuing their investigation while considering further charges.

By Tom Jackman  | February 22, 2011; 4:02 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax, Tom Jackman, Traffic Accidents  
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suburu not suzuki

Posted by: reese2997 | February 22, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

reese2997 is right:

Slow down and lay off the controlled substances, kids.

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | February 22, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

When is the death of an innocent passenger going to be elevated to second degree murder instead of manslaughter? The drunk driver is aware of his/her intoxication as they sit behind the steering wheel of a vehicle.

Posted by: skinfreak | February 22, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

No one except those two young men know why they made the decisions they did the night of this tragic event. And while there is a family and a large number of friends and acquaintances mourning the loss of yet another Edison High School student who died too young, there is another family and equally large number of friends and acquaintances who are impacted by the mistakes made last Tuesday morning and the consequences that will be faced by the other young man.
Rather than preaching the obvious about the effects of drugs and alcohol or condemning the judicial system for how they punish offenders, I ask that anyone reading this take a moment to talk to a young or older person about what happened even if you've told them not to drink and drive before or tell a friend or family member that you love them enough to be that call they make in the early morning hours and that you'll give them a ride home no questions asked so that maybe out of this tragedy the next underage or of age adult remembers this story and makes a different decision than the ones made last week. May God bless these families and this community.

Posted by: bythegraceofGod | February 22, 2011 7:05 PM | Report abuse

In addition to the drunk driving lesson, include also a lesson on wearing seatbelts. If these young men had been properly belted, they would not have been ejected from the vehicle and their injuries would almost certainly have been much less severe.

Posted by: nan_lynn | February 23, 2011 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Seat belts, people.
By 21, you should know that.

Posted by: RandomAnon | February 23, 2011 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Stay awake at the wheel!

Posted by: blasmaic | February 23, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Seat belts and staying awake are not the message to send here. DO NOT GET BEHIND THE WHEEL IF YOU HAVE BEEN DRINKING AND DO NOT GET IN A VEHICLE IF THE PERSON BEHIND THE WHEEL HAS BEEN DRINKING! You are not the only people on the road. It is one thing to choose to put yourself in that situation but you put countless others in it as well. I agree with bythegraceofGod-take the time to talk with the young adults around you about the dangers involved in this type of behavior. Be that person they can call in the middle of the night if they find themselves in trouble and they have nowhere else to turn. You might lose a little sleep but you may save a life. I'm not saying bail them can have "the talk" later where they are held accountable for their actions. Note that I said LATER, when they are still alive or they are not talking to you through plexiglass. Love and encourage our young adults. They are our future.

Posted by: CameronParent | February 23, 2011 12:59 PM | Report abuse

"I wash com - comple - totally - shober."

-- Joe Shutterwish

Posted by: slipuvalad | February 23, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Three years before, to the day that this incident happened, the young man that died in this accident received a ticket for not wearing his seat belt. Most people don't get a warning, consider this yours - Wear a seatbelt.

Posted by: BriBonano | February 23, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Thoughts and prayers to the Cardozo and Shuttleworth families!! Edison community, do not let Adrian's death be in vain. Be mindful of the dangers of drinking and driving. Parents, be the example to drive carefully and undistracted. EHS has had too many losses, esp. the Class of 2007. You may be 21, but you're still young. Take care of yourselves and each other. Let's strive for more positive stories about our Eagles alum. EAGLE PRIDE!

Posted by: couper | February 28, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

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