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The officer's name, age and job title were not released yesterday pending notification of next of kin.

The officer apparently collapsed near one of the academy's athletic fields about 1 p.m. after completing the 1 1/2-mile-run portion of the test. Emergency personnel responded to the scene within minutes, said Navy Cmdr. Rod Gibbons. The officer was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

All Navy personnel are required to take physical readiness tests twice a year, which includes two minutes each of push-ups and sit-ups and either the run or a 500-yard swim.

The officer had completed all three portions of the test and was walking with friends when he collapsed, Gibbons said.

It was the second death in as many weeks at the academy. On April 9, Jay Michael Dixon, 21, died after falling from a ledge outside his fifth-floor room of Bancroft Hall. His death also remains under investigation.

Driver Injured After Plunge From 2nd Level

A 19-year-old woman received minor injuries yesterday morning after she accidentally drove off the top level of a two-story parking garage, Montgomery County police said.

Teeranjanie Devi Persaud was parking her Toyota about 9:55 a.m. in the garage at Warwick Towers in Silver Spring, where she lives, when the car kept moving forward even after she hit the brake, police said. The car crashed through the retaining wall, fell nose-first and came to rest on its roof, police said. She was wearing a seat belt.


Hanger, Davis Fail to Make GOP Ballot

State Sen. Emmett W. Hanger Jr. (Augusta) failed to gather enough signatures to be placed on the June 14 ballot for the Republican lieutenant governor nomination, party officials said.

Hanger, who had entered the race late, turned in 11,500 signatures but did not meet the requirement of collecting at least 400 signatures in each of the state's 11 congressional districts.

Hanger told election officials that some of his signatures were being brought to Richmond from Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads on Friday, but they did not arrive by the 5 p.m. deadline.

Fairfax attorney Gilbert Davis, who had also been campaigning, did not submit signatures and will not be on the ballot. The Republican candidates will be Sen. Bill Bolling (Hanover) and Prince William Board of County Supervisors Sean T. Connaughton.

Crash Kills Woman, Seriously Injures 4

A woman was killed and four people were seriously hurt yesterday in a three-car crash on the George Washington Memorial Parkway in the Fort Hunt area of southern Fairfax County.

The woman, whose name was not released, was a passenger in a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by a man with an infant in the back, U.S. Park Police Sgt. Scott Fear said. The Tahoe was headed south on the parkway near Collingwood Road about 2:15 p.m. when it apparently crossed into the northbound lanes and collided with a Land Rover carrying two people, Fear said.

The three adults and the infant were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, Fear said. A BMW was also involved in the crash, Fear said, but its occupant was not seriously hurt.


"I don't think the guy is crazy. Certainly, his comments in court to date indicate that he doesn't think like us and has a certain hostility toward the United States. But he's a fairly erudite guy."

-- Andrew McBride, former federal prosecutor in Alexandria, speaking about Zacarias Moussaoui, a terrorism suspect who says he intends to plead guilty to his alleged role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. -- A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Karlyn Barker, Tom Jackman, Ray Rivera, Susan Kinzie, David Nakamura, Amit R. Paley, Eric Rich and Michael D. Shear.

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