1 Killed, 5 Injured in Fairfax Crash
A 17-month-old boy was killed and his mother and 7-year-old sister were critically injured yesterday in a four-car collision on Route 1 in Fairfax County, police said. Three people in other cars were injured less seriously.
Officials said a white 1985 Ford Mustang traveling south on U.S. 1 on the grounds of Fort Belvoir veered into the northbound lane shortly after 3 p.m., slamming into the side of a 1991 Volvo.
The Mustang, driven by Yolany J. Bernardez, 33, of the 7900 block of Audubon Avenue in the Hybla Valley area of Fairfax County, then swerved into the southbound lane, police said, before veering back into the northbound lane. The Mustang crashed into the back of a 1990 Subaru Legacy, and a Honda Civic hit the back of the Subaru, police spokeswoman Gretchen Lacharite said.
Daniel Bernardez, Brittany Bernardez and Yolany Bernardez were taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where Daniel was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. Yolany and Brittany Bernardez were in critical condition last night, Lacharite said.
The driver of the Volvo, Lynn Poindexter, 43, of the 9900 block of Murifield Drive in Upper Marlboro, was taken to Dewitt Army Hospital at Fort Belvoir for treatment of minor injuries. Christina and David Palmeri, of 16000 block of Dumfries Road in Dumfries, who were in the Subaru, were treated for minor injuries at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital.
Investigators ruled yesterday that alcohol was not a factor in the accident, but said that speed may have been a cause. All the adults had been wearing seat belts, but Brittany Bernardez was not, Lacharite said. It was unclear whether Daniel had been in a child safety seat in the back seat.
Driver of Abandoned Wagon Sought
Prince William County police are looking for a driver who fled after a station wagon he was towing from a pickup truck became unhitched and veered into traffic, causing an accident that injured two people.
Police said they believe the man was driving the 1986 GMC truck south on U.S. Route 29 on Thursday evening when the truck dropped the wagon. The wagon was hit by a U-Haul van and then by a minivan carrying a family of four from Florida. The U-Haul hit a bridge and stopped, but the minivan flipped several times.
Kevin Rochefort, 40, the minivan's driver, was in Prince William Hospital with a severe fracture to his left arm, police said. His daughter, Lauren, 11, was treated for a fractured pelvis.
Breakfast Crackdown on Interstates
Traveler complaints have prompted Virginia transportation officials to insist that breakfast be available at all restaurants advertised on state signs posted on interstates. And not just any breakfast. It must be a proper meal, including at least two of the following food groups: eggs, breakfast meat (bacon, sausage, ham or steak), breakfast cereal, or bread (toast, bagels or pastry)--all available for at least two hours beginning at 7 a.m., six days a week.
State officials said numerous travelers have complained that restaurants weren't open during normal breakfast hours and weren't serving a real breakfast.
Restaurants pay $375 a year to appear on the signs.
Irving Street NW to Close for Metro Work
Beginning today, Irving Street NW, between 14th and 16th streets, will be closed in both directions during work on the Columbia Heights Metrorail station. Irving will reopen by the end of August. Local traffic between 13th and 14 streets will be maintained, as will local traffic between 16th Street and the closure.
Several bus routes will be rerouted during the construction. For information, call Metro at 202-637-7000 or TDD 202-638-3780.
Pentagon Officer Held on Drug Charges
A D.C. Superior Court judge ordered a Pentagon police officer to be held without bond on Friday after the officer was arrested on charges of drug possession with intent to distribute.
Members of the D.C. police's Summer Mobile Force found 43 grams of a substance believed to be crack cocaine and six bags of a substance believed to be heroin when they searched Sgt. Welford Lewis Pollard's car Thursday after stopping him for speeding, said Channing Phillips, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office.
Pollard, 44, has been suspended without pay.
Car Kills Pedestrian on B-W Parkway
A car struck and killed a man walking along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Prince George's County early yesterday, U.S. Park Police said.
Police did not release the identity of the victim, whom they described as a white man in his late thirties or early forties.
Police were called to the parkway about 2:30 a.m. and found the man lying in northbound traffic lanes between Landover Road and Route 450. The man was pronounced dead on the scene. The vehicle that struck him had stopped, and its driver is cooperating with the investigation, police said.
Pedestrians are prohibited from walking on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway or crossing its travel lanes, police said.
Stage Set for Battle Over Regents Chief
Gov. Parris N. Glendening (D) and state lawmakers are squaring off over who should become the next chairman of the University of Maryland Board of Regents.
Glendening favors Nathan Chapman Jr., vice chairman of the regents. Some lawmakers, however, have urged the governor to support former U.S. Naval Academy superintendent Charles Larson, who led a university task force that suggested sweeping changes to the way the state's public institutions are governed.
The legislators are wary of Chapman because his firm, which manages more than $100 million in state retirement funds, was fined for violating securities regulations in 1993 and 1994.
The 17-member board, which sets policies and oversees the budgets for the University System of Maryland, is to vote on a new chairman July 9. The current chairman, Lance Billingsley, will remain on the board.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"We're mascots; we're not humans. If you dehumanize us, then you can enslave us, then you can commit genocide against us."
-- Keith Harper, a member of the Native American Rights Fund, about the use of the word "Redskins" as the name of a football team.