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An 83-year-old Annandale woman, Eileen Garnett, died yesterday morning (Wednesday) following a crash on Friday (May 20) where a driver crashed into four people in a parking lot, police said.

The crash in the 7200 block of Maple Place in Annandale involved four pedestrians who were discussing a community project, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

After the driver collided with the group, the driver’s 2008 Nissan Sentra continued into a nearby metal fence and came to a rest, authorities said.

The four pedestrians as well as the driver and passenger of the car were taken to the hospital. The other pedestrians — two adult women and an adult man — were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police have not identified the driver or announced whether they have been charged.

“The driver dropped food and spilled a drink inside her Nissan,” police said. “As she attempted to recover the dropped items, she lost control of the vehicle crossing the center median.”

Garnett is the seventh pedestrian to die in a vehicle crash in the county so far this year.

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Passing the pedestrian bridge over Route 50 in Seven Corners (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Victim of Bailey’s Crossroads Crash Identified — Gladis Suyapa Deras, 54, of Falls Church died in a two-vehicle crash outside Skyline Plaza on Tuesday (May 24), police confirmed. Investigators say the occupants of the other vehicle initially ran from the scene, and one of them was arrested for allegedly being drunk in public. [FCPD]

Herndon Man Arrested for Sexual Battery of Minor — “Town of Herndon Police arrested a 53-year-old Herndon man in connection with the aggravated sexual battery of a juvenile victim who was known to him, according to the weekly crime report. Police arrested Jenaro Alberto Hernandez Jovel on May 6 for an incident that occurred in the 500 block of Florida Avenue, according to police.” [Patch]

FCPS Releases Data on New TJ Class — Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology’s Class of 2026 will have 550 students as the second accepted under the revised admissions process. Asian students ticked up to 60%, as did low-income students (33%), while Hispanic students dropped slightly (8%) and white and Black students stayed level (21% and 6%). [The Washington Post]

Fairfax Senator Drops Support for Football Stadium — State Sen. Chap Petersen (D-34) doesn’t intend to vote for a $1 billion plan that he supported in January to bring a new Washington Commanders stadium to Virginia. He says he no longer believes the NFL team “will be good for business,” citing sexual harassment and financial misconduct allegations as well as its name change. [WUSA9]

Kingstowne Chick-fil-A Opens — “The Chick-fil-A in Kingstowne will be opening Thursday morning, the restaurant has announced…The restaurant is near the intersection of South Van Dorn and Kingstowne Boulevard, at 5808 Kingstowne Center. Hours will be 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.” [Alexandria Living]

Firefighters Meet People Helped in Route 7 Crash — “On April 2, a serious two-car crash occurred on Leesburg Pike. 2 adults and a child were trapped in back of one car w/serious injuries. Recently, units who responded to the incident had the pleasure of hosting them. #FCFRD are happy they are doing well & were grateful for visit.” [FCFRD/Twitter]

Park Authority Summer Hiring Underway — The Fairfax County Park Authority will offer a few new benefits this year to summer employees, including $100 sign-up and retention bonuses and free access to all rec centers for the season. Hiring events are scheduled at The Water Mine in Reston and the Providence Rec Center in West Falls Church. [FCPA]

Dinosaur Encounter Opens in Centreville — “Dinosaurs are returning from extinction with The Jurassic Encounter in Northern Virginia. The outdoor walk-through dinosaur exhibit is the first of its kind at the Bull Run Events Center, home of the Annual Bull Run Festival of Lights, now through May 30 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.” [WTOP]

It’s Thursday — Overcast throughout the day. High of 70 and low of 59. Sunrise at 5:50 am and sunset at 8:25 pm. [Weather.gov]

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Skyline Plaza in Bailey’s Crossroads (via Google Maps)

One person is dead, and two others have been taken to a hospital in the wake of a two-vehicle crash this morning (Tuesday) in Bailey’s Crossroads.

The crash involved Honda Accord going northbound on South George Mason Drive that hit a Volkswagen Jetta turning into Skyline Plaza, the Fairfax County Police Department said at 6:28 a.m.

According to police, a passenger in the Volkswagen died at the scene. The drivers of both cars were transported to the hospital.

South George Mason’s northbound lanes and one southbound lane were closed for about two hours while first responders cleaned up the scene. The crash remains under investigation by detectives with the FCPD’s Crash Reconstruction Unit.

This is the fourth non-pedestrian fatality from a vehicle crash in Fairfax County this year, following a death in Franconia on May 12, according to FCPD records.

Photo via Google Maps

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Traffic builds up on I-495 after a crash in Tysons (via VDOT)

(Updated at 11 a.m.) A fiery crash on the Capital Beltway in Tysons last night (Tuesday) resulted in two deaths and another person being hospitalized.

According to the Virginia State Police, the crash occurred around 10:15 p.m. in the northbound lanes of the Beltway, also known as I-495, near the exit for Chain Bridge Road.

Confirming a preliminary report that the crash came after a driver was spotted going in the wrong direction in that area, police reported this morning (Monday) that a Mazda was traveling south on I-495 North and hit a Buick Encore head-on, causing the Buick to catch fire.

One occupant was reported heavily entrapped and another was ejected. The drivers of the two vehicles, both men, died at the scene, according to police.

“A female passenger in the Buick was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital and then on to Washington Hospital Center for treatment of life-threatening injuries and burns sustained in the crash,” the VSP said.

Police say that none of the people involved in the collision were wearing seatbelts.

“The crash remains under investigation,” state police said.

Angela Woolsey contributed to this report.

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A Virginia Department of Transportation truck at the intersection of Route 1 and Popkins Lane in Groveton, where traffic signals were flashing (staff photo by Brandi Bottalico)

Metro Leaders Step Down — Metro General Manager and CEO Paul Wiedefeld and Chief Operating Officer Joe Leader resigned, effective immediately, last night (Monday) after the transit agency pulled 72 operators for failing to recertify. Wiedefeld had been set to leave on June 30 but says he wanted to “provide a more timely transition to Interim General Manager Andy Off.” [WMATA]

Mosby Woods Residents Split Over Possible Street Renamings — “The increasingly diverse neighborhood named after Confederate army battalion commander John S. Mosby…is another battleground, with the [Fairfax] City Council set to decide in June whether nine streets in Mosby Woods should be called something else.” [The Washington Post]

Pipe Replacement to Disrupt Wolf Trap Area Traffic — “Lawyers Road (Route 673) just south of Carhill Road will have one lane of alternating traffic in each direction via flagging Tuesday, May 17 through Wednesday, May 18, between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. each day to replace a stormwater pipe…Through traffic will be detoured via Garrett Street, Trott Avenue, Vale Road, Hunter Mill Road and back to Lawyers” [VDOT]

Police Share Details on I-95 Crash — “The woman who died in last week’s fatal three-vehicle crash on Interstate 95 in Springfield, Virginia, was identified Monday by Virginia State Police….Speed and driver distraction are being investigated as contributing factors in the crash.” [WTOP]

Herndon IT Company Bought for $4.2B — “Herndon information technology contractor ManTech International Corp. (NASDAQ: MANT) said Monday morning it has agreed to be acquired by D.C. private equity powerhouse The Carlyle Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CG) in an all-cash transaction valued at $4.2 billion.” [Washington Business Journal]

Decision Nears on Lake Accotink Dredging — Fairfax County will make a final decision “in just weeks” on how to address sediment build-up in Springfield’s Lake Accotink. The options currently on the table would transport the sediment to a nearby industrial park or pipe it to Wakefield Park, where it would then be taken to a quarry via I-495, raising environmental and traffic concerns. [ABC7]

Reston Association’s Pool Season Underway — “Our Pools season has officially started! Check out these scenes from opening weekend at North Shore and Lake Audubon! Thanks to all who came out! We’re ready to have an amazing summer at the Pools!” [RA/Twitter]

Bear Sightings Might Become More Common — “Due to warmer weather, bears are beginning to move throughout the county. Be safe by securing your trash cans and bird feeders, reducing the likelihood of on of our hairy friends popping up in your community.” [Pat Herrity/Twitter]

It’s Tuesday — Clear throughout the day. High of 73 and low of 58. Sunrise at 5:56 am and sunset at 8:18 pm. [Weather.gov]

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Fairfax County police car lights (file photo)

(Updated at 2:40 p.m.) A 20-year-old woman was killed and three other people were injured in a vehicle crash early this morning (Thursday) in Franconia.

The single-vehicle incident occurred around 12:25 a.m. on Manchester Blvd at Beulah Street, Fairfax County police reported.

According to police, a 2005 Toyota Solara was traveling east on Manchester near Silver Lakes Boulevard when it left the roadway and struck a telephone pole before coming to a stop.

An officer on patrol found the vehicle with its passenger side wrapped around a utility pole, trapping two occupants. The front-seat passenger, identified as Lorton resident Danight Girmay, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Toyota’s driver, Sara Flores, 20, of Lorton, and the two male passengers seated in the back of the vehicle were transported to a hospital. One person’s injuries were initially considered life-threatening, but their condition was later upgraded to non-life-threatening.

Manchester was closed until 5:30 a.m. for the crash reconstruction team and utility pole repairs.

The Fairfax County Police Department announced around 2:30 p.m. that Flores will be served with a warrant for driving under the influence when she’s released from the hospital.

“Detectives from our Crash Reconstruction Unit determined speed was also a factor in the crash,” the department said. “Additional charges are pending. Details of the investigation will be presented to the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for review.”

Girmay is the third person killed in a vehicle crash in Fairfax County this year who wasn’t a pedestrian. At this point in 2021, the county had recorded one such fatality, according to police.

Angela Woolsey contributed to this report.

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A Virginia State Police vehicle (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

A person has died after a three-vehicle crash occurred early this morning (Monday) on I-95 in the Springfield area.

According to the Virginia State Police, troopers responded to a crash in the interstate’s southbound lanes at the 169 mile marker (Franconia Road) around 3:33 a.m.

“The impact of the crash caused one of the vehicles to strike the cement Jersey wall and catch fire,” VSP spokesperson Corinne Geller said in a statement. “A passerby was able to pull the passenger from the burning vehicle.”

The driver of the burning vehicle has been confirmed as the fatality. The passenger was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The occupants of the other two vehicles involved in the crash did not report any serious injuries, the VSP says. An investigation of the crash is currently underway.

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Guinea Road facing Olley Lane in Burke (via Google Maps)

A 40-year-old Fairfax driver faces criminal charges for a vehicle crash that resulted in the death of a 58-year-old man who was using a crosswalk in Burke, police said yesterday (Sunday).

Rachel Isner was charged with careless driving and infliction of injury on a vulnerable road user. The crash happened at the intersection of Guinea Road and Olley Lane on April 20 when Lloyd Ingram, of Burke, was in the crosswalk and had the right of way, police said.

“Detectives determined Isner was not traveling at excessive speed,” the Fairfax County Police Department said. “She was issued a summons and released on recognizance.”

Ingram was crossing Guinea from north to south at Olley Lane when the 2013 Kia Forte hit him. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Ingram’s death marked the sixth pedestrian fatality in 2022 — twice as many pedestrian fatalities as Fairfax County saw in the same timeframe in 2021.

Photo via Google Maps

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A teenager faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter after a woman died in a three-vehicle crash on Georgetown Pike in McLean last month.

While alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash, detectives have determined that the 16-year-old, male driver was going more than 80 mph in a section of the roadway with a 35-mile-per-hour speed limit, the Fairfax County Police Department reported today (Wednesday).

Karla Boggess, 62, of Berryville died in a hospital on March 13, four days after a 2020 Audi A5 hit her vehicle, a 2005 Nissan Sentra, while the cars were driving in opposite directions on Georgetown Pike.

According to police, the Audi driver was traveling west when he lost control of the car, crossed the double yellow line, and collided head-on with the eastbound Nissan in the 8800 block of Georgetown Pike. The Audi then spun into the path of an eastbound Toyota.

Boggess and the Toyota driver were both taken to the hospital, though the latter’s injuries were not life-threatening. The crash closed Georgetown Pike between Old Dominion Drive and Towlston Road for more than three hours.

Boggess represented Fairfax County’s first non-pedestrian fatality of 2022. A second came on March 30, when a man died after hitting a tree in Oakton.

Police obtained and served a petition for involuntary manslaughter for the teen Audi driver yesterday (Tuesday), according to the report.

The teen, who, as a minor, has not been publicly identified, is currently being held at the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center.

“Victim advocates from our Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to this case to ensure the victim’s family is receiving appropriate resources and assistance,” the FCPD said.

Photo via FCPD/Facebook

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Guinea Road facing Olley Lane in Burke (via Google Maps)

(Updated at 3:30 p.m.) Lloyd Ingram, a 58-year-old Burke resident, died after being hit by a vehicle yesterday (Wednesday), Fairfax County police reported.

The crash happened in Burke around 6:30 p.m., and a preliminary investigation found he was walking in the crosswalk, police said.

A 2013 Kia Forte struck him at the intersection of Guinea Road and Olley Lane, and the driver remained on the scene, according to police.

Fairfax County Police Department Crash Reconstruction Unit detectives arrived on the scene of the crash around 8:30 p.m. Guinea Road was closed for more than two hours as police investigated.

Ingram, a pedestrian, was transported to a hospital, where he died. The driver of the vehicle that hit him remained on the scene, according to police.

Police are asking people to contact them with information. Authorities said the case is still active.

This is the sixth pedestrian fatality in Fairfax County this year, following a death in Springfield on April 3.

Photo via Google Maps

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