Collision in Fairfax Injures 11

Eleven people were injured last night, four seriously, when a van carrying 11 workers to a Reston office building hit a car carrying four young people, Fairfax County police said.

A 15-year-old girl who had been in the car was listed in critical condition at Inova Fairfax Hospital, but officials wouldn't comment on the nature of her injuries. The car's other occupants--a 17-year-old man, an 18-year-old woman and a 20-year-old woman--were listed in fair condition at the hospital.

One person in the van sustained a broken leg, and six passengers were treated for minor scrapes and bruises at Reston Hospital, said Fairfax police Officer Julie Hersey. The occupants of the van were inventory control workers, but their identities were not released.

Investigators said the van was traveling south on Reston Parkway shortly before 10 p.m. when it struck the car, which had been crossing Reston Parkway on New Dominion Parkway.

Hersey said it appeared that one of the vehicles had run a red light.

Passenger Killed When Car Hits Pole

A 23-year-old Leesburg man was killed yesterday when the car in which he was riding hit a utility pole along Georgetown Pike in Great Falls. The driver of the vehicle was charged with drunken driving and aggravated involuntary manslaughter, Fairfax County police said.

Police identified the man killed in the crash as Julio Rodriguez, of the 100 block of Mayfair Drive in Leesburg. Fairfax police Lt. Amy Lubas said Victor Manuelle, 19, also of Leesburg, had fallen asleep at the wheel of his 1989 Ford Tempo as he was driving north in the 9500 block of Georgetown Pike about 6:50 a.m., and the car struck the pole. Rodriguez, who was sitting in a reclined seat with the shoulder part of his safety belt attached, was crushed, and he died at the scene, Lubas said.

Manuelle, who had been wearing his seat belt, was treated for minor injuries and taken to the Fairfax adult detention center, where he was held without bail, Lubas said. He was scheduled to be arraigned this morning.

A section of Georgetown Pike near the accident was closed temporarily while utility crews repaired the leaning pole and downed wires.

Virginia Beach to Limit July Fourth Traffic

Virginia Beach officials, fresh from dealing with a traffic crush that plagued the resort area during Memorial Day weekend, have agreed to close the oceanfront area to most cars for the three-day July 4 holiday.

People who want to visit the beach will be directed to a central parking lot, where they'll get free transportation to the oceanfront strip.

Resort leaders made the decision with the blessing of city officials, resort merchants and civic groups. They said that the plan will limit traffic hassles and that they hope it will curtail late-night crowds and behavior problems.

Over the three-day Memorial Day weekend that ended May 31, more than 200,000 people gravitated to the resort district, according to an estimate by the city's Resort Management Office. Traffic along Atlantic and Pacific avenues, the resort's main streets, came to a virtual standstill all three nights.


Shooting Leaves 1 Man Dead, 1 Wounded

Two men were shot yesterday, one fatally, in the 1400 block of Florida Avenue NW, police said.

Howard Diggs, 28, whose address was not known, was shot in the head shortly after 4 p.m., a police spokeswoman said. He was taken by ambulance to Washington Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:48 p.m., a spokeswoman said.

A 30-year-old man who had been shot in the face was taken to Howard University Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition, said Bonita Bolden, a hospital spokeswoman.

A police official revealed few details about the shootings, declining to say exactly where the men were shot or what may have prompted the shootings. The official said two weapons had been recovered.


Suspicious Package Dismantled

A suspicious object found behind a middle school in Bowie was successfully dismantled last night by the Prince George's County bomb squad's robot, a county fire department spokeswoman said.

The object was spotted about 8:40 p.m. by a passerby walking in a field behind the Benjamin Tasker Middle School on Collington Road, said Battalion Chief Bobbi Sarra-Hinkson. She said the object included a metal cylinder and a battery. She said initial reports from specialists indicated that the object included all components needed for an explosive device. The components will be analyzed further to help determine the nature and purpose of the device, Sarra-Hinkson said.

No injuries were reported, and no evacuations were necessary, she said. She said a section of a nearby road was closed briefly.

Two Men Wounded in Drive-By Shooting

Two men were wounded in a drive-by shooting in Prince George's County Saturday night, county police said.

Police spokeswoman Julie Valdez said the men, who were in stable condition yesterday, were shot as they walked along the 1400 block of Nova Avenue. The names of the men, 21 and 25 years old, were not released because they are witnesses. No arrests had been made, and the case remains under investigation.

Baltimore Beltway Undergoing Repairs

Maryland highway officials closed two lanes of the inner loop of the Baltimore Beltway yesterday to repave the area where a pedestrian footbridge collapsed this month.

Officials said two lanes of the outer loop of Interstate 695 will close at 9 tonight and are scheduled to be reopened at 5 a.m. tomorrow. Motorists are asked to use caution when driving through the work area.

The accident occurred on June 7 near Arbutus, when a backhoe improperly loaded on the back of a truck clipped the bridge.

The collapse killed one man and seriously injured three people. All of the injured were released last week from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, officials said.


"I don't think children should be at a racetrack. All they do is run around. They don't know what's going on . . . They're not in here to bet horses or anything; they're in here to play."

-- Salvatore "Sam" Testa, 73, a retired Baltimore steelworker and longtime racegoer.