News Briefs: Fatal Accidents on Rainy Wednesday and Fraternity Sues GMU

From today's Metro section:

Woman Dies in Beltway Crash
A Prince George's County woman was killed in Fairfax County yesterday morning when her car skidded into the back of a tractor-trailer on the Capital Beltway, Virginia State Police said.
Shortly after 10:15 a.m., Carla Ann Steen, 36, of Oxon Hill was heading north in the rain on the George Washington Memorial Parkway in a 2000 Toyota Camry when she entered a ramp to the inner loop of the Beltway, said Sgt. Terry W. Licklider. She slid off the ramp into a lane of Beltway traffic and slammed into the tractor-trailer, which was carrying bags of cement, Licklider said.
Steen, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital. The driver of the truck was unhurt, Licklider said.
-- Tom Jackman
Man Changing Tire Fatally Struck
A man changing a tire on the shoulder of westbound Interstate 66 in Fairfax County was killed yesterday afternoon when he was struck by a pickup, Virginia State Police said.
The victim's name was not immediately available. The man had stopped near Centreville, just past the exit for Route 29, and was near his car's left rear wheel when he was hit by a Ford Ranger about 2:40 p.m., said Sgt. Terry W. Licklider. The driver of the Ranger told investigators he had looked down briefly, looked up and then hit the man, Licklider said.
The victim was taken to Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, where he died. A passenger in his car was uninjured. The name of the truck's driver also was unavailable, Licklider said.
-- Tom Jackman
GMU Sued by Fraternity It Shut
A fraternity that was expelled by George Mason University has sued the school in federal court, claiming it was falsely accused of hazing and unfairly blamed for a pair of alleged sexual assaults by its members.
The university's Sigma Chi chapter alleges in the lawsuit that its members' free speech and due process rights were violated by the school's decision to shut down the chapter.
The university said that it acted appropriately and that Sigma Chi "managed to break almost every major rule the university expects a social fraternity or sorority to abide by."
Last year, George Mason officials expelled Sigma Chi for 10 years after a three-student panel found the fraternity guilty of hazing, providing alcohol to minors and twice "sponsoring a party under conditions that resulted in sexual assault on a female guest."
According to the school, the assaults occurred at Sigma Chi-sponsored parties in February and September 2005. University spokesman Daniel Walsch declined to comment on the lawsuit. A court hearing is scheduled for next month.
-- Associated Press

By Focus on Fairfax |  October 25, 2007; 10:19 AM ET  | Category:  Accidents , Colleges and Universities , Misc.
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