Metro

Monday, May 30, 2005

VIRGINIA

Police Identify Man Found Dead Near Trail

U.S. Park Police have identified a bicyclist found dead Saturday near a popular running and biking trail along the Potomac River in Alexandria as 48-year-old Mark Creasy of Alexandria.

Park Police spokesman Scott Fear would not give details of how Creasy died, except to say that his death appeared "not to be of natural causes." Autopsy results are pending, Fear said. Police are seeking help from anyone who might have seen anything unusual in the area at the time.

Creasy's body was found about 4:45 p.m. on Daingerfield Island near a National Park Service maintenance site between George Washington Memorial Parkway and the river. He was wearing his bicycle helmet.

Neighbors at Creasy's red-brick apartment building in the unit block of East Monroe Avenue said Creasy was an avid cyclist and appeared to be in excellent physical condition. They saw him carrying his bike up to his third-floor apartment daily but knew little else about him.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Park Police criminal investigation line at 202-610-8737.

Man Dies in Crash on Eastern Shore

A Harborton, Va., man was killed early Sunday morning when his Ford F-150 pickup swerved off the road and hit a tree on Route 679 in Accomack County on Virginia's Eastern Shore, state police said.

Police identified the man as Brion K. Reagan, 23. He died at the scene, police said. The cause of the crash is being investigated. The accident occurred around 2:50 a.m. about 1.7 miles north of Fleming Road, police said.

THE DISTRICT

Brochure Gives Tips for City Emergencies

The District Department of Transportation is offering tips on what to do during a large-scale emergency, such as advice for a mass evacuation, in a brochure printed in five languages. The six-page pamphlets are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese, with Braille, large-print and audio versions also available.

The brochure provides evacuation routes, area maps, Web sites, telephone numbers and information on emergency radio broadcasts. Dan Tangherlini, director of transportation, said the effort is "one step to improve communication with everybody who uses the District's transportation system."

The brochures are being distributed through the mail and as newspaper inserts and will be available at public library branches and selected newsstand and vending sites. The audio, Braille and large-print editions are being disseminated through the Mayor's Committee on Persons With Disabilities and other venues.


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