Local Digest: Data show spread of ignition interlocks; Alexandria woman struck, killed

November 11, 2013
THE REGION
Data show the spreadof ignition interlocks

Mothers Against Drunk Driving on Monday touted new data showing that almost 305,000 ignition interlock devices have been mandated nationwide for drivers convicted of drunk driving.

MADD says that states where the devices are in use have seen declines in the number of drunk-driving fatalities. The devices require a driver to blow into the interlock before a car can be started and, in some cases, later during a trip.

According to data collected by the advocacy group Impact DWI from companies that supply interlocks, 10,925 are in use in Maryland, and 8,456 are being used in Virginia. There was no information collected for the District. Texas (39,027), California (28,129) and Arizona (21,468) were listed as the three leading states for interlock use. It’s estimated there are about 1 million drunk driving convictions each year.

— Ashley Halsey III

VIRGINIA
92-year-old woman struck, killed by car

A 92-year-old Alexandria resident was killed by a car backing out of a driveway Sunday evening, police said Monday.

Suzanne Kominski was walking with her husband along the 1200 block of Key Drive when a car pulling out of a driveway struck her, according to police. She was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead a few hours later.

The Alexandria police department’s crash reconstruction team is conducting an investigation.

— Rachel Weiner

Alexandria police investigate death

Alexandria police on Monday were investigating what they say is a suspicious death that occurred Monday in the 200 block of Elm Street.

A 69-year-old man was found unconscious by a relative on Monday afternoon. Medics pronounced him dead on the scene.

The cause and manner of death have not been determined, and the investigation is ongoing. The man’s name was withheld pending notification of next of kin.

— Rachel Weiner

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