Two Drivers Charged in Reston Collision
Two people were charged with criminal offenses after a van carrying 11 people crashed into a Mercedes-Benz at a busy Reston intersection Sunday night, Fairfax County police said.
Two teenage girls were ejected from the car in the collision, and one of the girls suffered critical head injuries.
David Silva Jr., 28, of Richmond, who had been driving about 10 employees from a local inventory service in a 1998 Ford van, was charged with running a red light at Reston Parkway and Temporary Road. The van hit a 1983 Mercedes driven by Jessica A.E. Terpstra, 18, of 11302 Wedge Dr. in Reston.
Terpstra was charged with driving while intoxicated.
Officer Katie Hughes, a police spokeswoman, said the impact of the crash crushed the right side of the Mercedes and shattered the rear window, ejecting Terpstra's sister, Erica, 15, and Leshaey L. Thompson, 20, also of Reston. Erica Terpstra was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital with a severe head injury. She was listed in critical condition yesterday. Thompson was listed in good condition.
Two other passengers in the car also were injured, and one, Temael Braxton, 18, of Reston, was listed in critical condition yesterday with lacerations and bone fractures.
Six of the passengers in Silva's van suffered minor injuries. No one in Terpstra's car was wearing seat belts, police said, and everyone in Silva's van used them.
Students Protest Classmate's Arrest
Dozens of students angry over the arrest of a disruptive classmate clashed with about 40 police officers Sunday night at a residential job training center after a bomb threat forced authorities to evacuate the campus.
At the height of the standoff at the Old Dominion Job Corps Center in Monroe about 9:30 p.m., 30 to 40 students cursed and spat at officers and hurled cigarette lighters and balled-up T-shirts at them, witnesses said yesterday.
The students had been packed on stuffy buses while a chilly rain fell, and they were waiting for bomb squads and bomb-sniffing dogs to search the campus. No bomb was found.
"They were sitting there for about two hours without bathrooms and proper ventilation," center director Bob Barlow said. "They were wondering what happened and when are we getting off the bus."
The students were angered after sheriff's deputies went onto a bus to remove a 17-year-old student who had been repeatedly flicking his cigarette lighter. Officers sprayed the teen with pepper spray, dragged him off the bus, threw him to the ground and handcuffed him, witnesses said.
He was charged with obstruction of justice and assault on a police officer. The youth, who was not identified, was suspended from school and faces expulsion, Barlow said.
"They started treating us like criminals and we weren't doing anything wrong," said Calvin Burton, 19, of Norfolk.
Suspect Held in Bouncer's Slaying
A suspect in the slaying of a part-time bouncer at a Northwest Washington bar was ordered held without bond yesterday pending a preliminary hearing on a charge of first-degree murder while armed.
Eric Ewell, 24, of the 9100 block of Yorkshire Lane in Manassas, was arrested along with Jerome Hogan, of the 12000 block of Bunche Road in Fairfax, a short time after Daniel Edward Metcalf was shot early Friday at the Hung Jury Pub at 1819 H St. NW.
Ewell, Hogan and a third suspect who escaped had been arguing with other customers at the bar, police said. Metcalf asked them to leave, but the men allegedly went to a car, retrieved a handgun and returned to confront Metcalf.
Ewell's preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 1.