Archive: Accidents

Troopers Act Quickly To Rescue Accident Victims

Twice this week, in separate instances, Virginia state troopers have been involved in daring rescues involving burning vehicles on I-66. Today's Metro section has the details of the events....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 8, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Email a Comment

Update 5/5: Reckless Driving Charges For Officer in Fatal Crash

Updated 5/5 According to this article from Saturday's Metro section, the officer involved in the crash that killed Ashley McIntosh has been charged with reckless driving. Originally posted 3/26 According to this story from today's Metro section, six weeks after Ashley McIntosh was killed when a Fairfax County police officer responding to a call crashed her cruiser into McIntosh's car, her family is still waiting for the police to tell them the results of the investigation into what happened. Police officials say they are just being thorough want all the details before they share any information. McIntosh's relatives say that need to know what happened to help them in their grieving process. One witness said the cruiser was travelling at a high rate of speed, with its emergency lights on and its siren off at the time of the collision....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 5, 2008; 09:15 AM ET | Email a Comment

Ice Plays Havoc on Springfield Interchange

Icy roads at the Springfield Interchange during Tuesday's evening rush hour led to snarled traffic and accidents like this one on the Franconia road overpass next to Springfield Mall. (JOHN MCDONNELL - THE WASHINGTON POST) Of all the areas where traffic was affected by Tuesday's winter storm, none was more so than the Springfield Interchange where there were numerous accidents and traffic was at a virtual standstill for hours. Read this article from today's Metro section. Were you stuck in the traffic? Share your stories and impressions of the situation. If this problem can be prevented from happening again for half a million dollars, will it be money well spent?...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 14, 2008; 10:36 AM ET | Email a Comment

House Fire Kills Seven Cats, Bird

From today's Metro section: Seven cats and a bird were killed when fire swept through a pet-filled home in the Falls Church area Monday afternoon, but 60 animals survived, Fairfax authorities said yesterday. Fire broke out about 2:30 p.m. at a Cape Cod-style house in the 6900 block of Jefferson Avenue. Firefighters found 54 dogs inside, none seriously hurt. Police took 52 of them to the county shelter, and two service dogs remained with their owner. Of 13 cats found, seven died, five were taken to a veterinarian and one went to a shelter, police said. Police charged residents Denis J. Downey Jr., 51, and Mark D. Snyder, 31, with a misdemeanor animal care violation and began seizure proceedings against them. Police were not certain why the men had so many animals. -- Tom Jackman...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | November 14, 2007; 07:47 AM ET | Email a Comment

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...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 25, 2007; 10:19 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fire Shutters Therapeutic Riding Program

A fire is a Clifton barn has left the horses used by a therapeutic program for mentally and physically disabled people homeless and forced the suspension of the program. Read about it in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | July 26, 2007; 11:20 AM ET | Email a Comment

700 Lbs. of Explosives Found in Centreville After Fire

A Centreville homeowner was apparently engaged in an illegal and very dangerous hobby, the making of large homemade fireworks, when an explosion and fire engulfed his property this week. Today's Metro sections has the tale....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | July 17, 2007; 10:33 AM ET | Email a Comment

11 Recovering from Fourth's Vienna Fireworks Mishap

Eleven people were injured, some seriously, after a rocket exploded in its launch tube at a fireworks display in Vienna last week. Read about the accident and how the victims are faring in this article from today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | July 12, 2007; 11:45 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 3/21: Fund to Aid Family After Trailer Home Fire

Updated 3/21 From today's Metro section: Friends of the Peterson family, which was devastated by a March 11 Chantilly trailer home fire, have set up a fund to help survivors rebuild their lives. "They've lost everything. Susan doesn't have even a single article of clothing," said Lindsey Swanson, who helped establish the fund to aid survivor Susan Peterson. Fairfax Fire and Rescue Department officials are still working to identify two people killed in the blaze, but Peterson said her husband, Richard, 60, and her disabled daughter, Sophia, 21, were the victims. Richard had quit work 15 years ago to care for Sophia; he also took care of his wife after she was badly injured in a car accident. Donations may be sent to the Richard & Sophia Peterson Fund, c/o Wachovia Bank, Bradlee Financial Center, 3624 King St., Alexandria, Va. 22302. -- Brigid Schulte Originally posted 3/19 Richard and Sophia...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 19, 2007; 10:26 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax News Briefs

From today's Metro section: Police Arrest Suspect in Several Robberies A District man has been charged with an armed robbery in Fairfax County last month and is being investigated in a string of similar holdups, including two in which the gunman fired shots inside the businesses. Police arrested James Rose, of the 3400 block of Fifth Street SE, on Saturday at an apartment in Annandale. He was charged with the Jan. 31 robbery of a 7-Eleven in the Hybla Valley area, which was captured on video that shows a masked man wielding a long-barreled gun. Police said Rose was also a suspect in the Jan. 18 robberies of Chin's Kitchen and Huntington Market in the Huntington area and the Jan. 14 robbery of a Sunoco gas station in the Hybla Valley area. -- Tom Jackman Man Killed While Trying to Cross Route 1 A man trying to walk across Route...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 27, 2007; 10:17 AM ET | Email a Comment

Off-Duty Officer Charged With DWI

From today's Metro section: An off-duty Fairfax County police officer was arrested yesterday and charged with drunken driving after crashing his Hummer H3 sport-utility vehicle into the back of a delivery truck in the county's Alexandria area, police said. Officer Walter R. Fasci, 32, was driving the SUV south on South Van Dorn Street, just past the Capital Beltway, when he slammed into a 1993 Chevrolet truck near the intersection with Oakwood Road, Officer Richard Henry said. The collision, at 5:40 a.m., did not injure Fasci or the truck driver, a 30-year-old Woodbridge man. Fasci refused to take a breath test, police said. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and refusal to take a breath test. Fasci, who has been a Fairfax officer for four years, is assigned to patrol duties, although police declined to say in which district. He was placed on administrative leave with pay pending an...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | December 13, 2006; 10:28 AM ET | Email a Comment

Bicyclist Killed in Crash With Off-Duty Officer

This article from today's Metro section describes how, on his way to work yesterday morning, a Fairfax County Police Officer struck and killed Jose Maria Carranza Claros, 50 of the Falls Church area when Claros tried to cross Arlington Boulevard on his bicycle....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 3, 2006; 11:28 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fifth Worker Killed at Springfield Interchange Site

Julio Alvarez Rodriguez, 43, owner of an Alexandria trucking company, became the fifth person to die in a construction-related accident at the Springfield interchange since construction began there in 1999. The story is here....

 

By | August 31, 2006; 09:29 AM ET | Email a Comment

Danger On the W&OD Trail?

According to a front page article from this morning, increased usage of the historic Washington & Old Dominion Trail is choking the pathway, leading to increased danger for bicyclists pedestrians and other users. Three bicyclists have died on the trail in the last year....

 

By | August 18, 2006; 10:45 AM ET | Email a Comment

Family Challenges Police on Fatal Crash With Cruiser

Jatinder Baboota 61, of Vienna, died in February, 13 days after his car had been struck by a Fairfax County police cruiser driven by officer Michael D. Weinhaus who was responding to an emergency call. Now Baboota's family questions the police department's official version of what happened, citing witness reports that the officer didn't have his siren or lights on. Police did not disclose the crash or Baboota's death. The Metro section article is here....

 

By | May 2, 2006; 10:53 AM ET | Email a Comment

Crashes Caused By Distracted, Drowsy Drivers

Eighty percent of all vehicle crashes in the Washington area are caused by sleepy or distracted drivers according to a new study that is the subject of a front page story in this morning's Washington Post. The top distraction for drivers? Cell phones....

 

By | April 21, 2006; 10:05 AM ET | Email a Comment

Thursday Accident Kills One, Delays Thousands

Updated 4/17 From yesterday's Metro section: Truck Driver Charged in Crash Virginia State Police have charged an Alabama truck driver with reckless driving in connection with a fatal accident that occurred on Interstate 95 near Lorton on Thursday evening. Police said Danny W. Nelson was unable to brake in time and struck a 1988 Chrysler, whose driver Calvin H. Ruble II, 59, died at the scene. After striking the Chrysler, the tractor-trailer skidded left and hit a Ford Explorer, which in turn hit three other vehicles. The truck then hit another vehicle, which then collided with three more vehicles. In all, 10 vehicles were involved, snarling traffic for more than five hours. Two other people in the collision were hurt, but their injuries were not serious. -- Dan Morse Were any readers of Focus on Fairfax among those stuck in traffic for five hours last night because of the rush...

 

By | April 14, 2006; 03:33 PM ET | Email a Comment

No Charges in Police Shooting of Fair Lakes Optometrist

Updated 4/17 An article in Saturday's Metro section reports that the FBI has begun a preliminary review of the case. Updated 4/14According to a Metro section article in this morning's paper, Culosi's family is expressing frustration that their request to the FBI to investigate the case has not been acknowledged. Meanwhile they are saying that the police department's five-hour delay in notifying family members of Culosi's death prevented him from receiving last rites. Originally posted 3/24Fairfax County's chief prosecutor has declined to file charges against a police officer who fatally shot a man who was suspected of running an illegal gambling operation, according to this article from this morning's Metro section. His family decried the decision. Salvatore J. Culosi, 37 was killed in January while a police SWAT team was attempting to arrest him outside his Fair Lakes townhouse. Investigators have concluded that the shooting was an accident....

 

By | March 24, 2006; 01:09 PM ET | Email a Comment

Please Read: Rules Issued for Commenting on Fairfax Focus Blog

Some readers of this blog have recently raised questions about the role of The Washington Post in policing Fairfax Focus. I have deleted a few blog posts because they did not meet The Post's standards for fairness. For more clarity about how to play by the rules, Jim Brady, the executive editor of washingtonpost.com has posted a message explaining the rules for readers participating in the site's Live Online discussions, discussion forums and for posting comments on the company's blogs. The complete list of rules is here. --Steve Fehr, Fairfax Extra Editor...

 

By | February 17, 2006; 01:06 PM ET | Email a Comment

Walking May Be Hazardous To Your Health

Today's Fairfax Extra cover story looks at the perils of being a pedestrian in Fairfax County and what the government, planners and neighborhood leaders would like to do about them....

 

By | February 16, 2006; 11:50 AM ET | Email a Comment

Annandale Pedestrian Dies from Injuries

From today's Metro section: An Annandale man who was struck by a car Friday evening on Little River Turnpike died yesterday from his injuries, Fairfax County police said. Thomas Edward Hope, 48, of the 4200 block of Conally Street tried to cross the 7400 block of Little River Turnpike near Annandale Road shortly before 7:30 p.m. and was hit by a 2000 Lincoln Continental driven by a 56-year-old Silver Spring woman, Officer Beth Funston said. Hope was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he died yesterday. Police do not believe alcohol or speed were factors in the crash, and no charges have been filed against the driver....

 

By | February 9, 2006; 10:54 AM ET | Email a Comment

Police Stepping Up Pedestrian Safety; Pedestrian Killed in Bailey's Crossroads

The Fairfax County Police Department has released a statement about the pedestrian fatality that occurred over the weekend on Leesburg Pike. The news comes at the same time that the department is announcing a pedestrian enforcement campaign....

 

By | January 31, 2006; 09:20 AM ET | Email a Comment

Teen Killed In Crash Remembered By Friends

Friends of Vanessa Pean, the 16-year-old Great Falls girl killed in a single-car crash on Sunday, remembered her optimism in an article in this morning's Metro section....

 

By | November 1, 2005; 10:24 AM ET | Email a Comment

Woman Dies After Falling Under Bus

A woman waiting for a bus near the Seven Corners shopping center was killed yesterday afternoon when she apparently slipped and fell beneath a Metro bus, Fairfax County police said....

 

By | October 12, 2005; 11:55 AM ET | Email a Comment

 

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