Mayor's Stepdaughter Accuses Boyfriend

D.C. police and the U.S. attorney's office are investigating an alleged domestic abuse incident involving Mayor Anthony A. Williams's stepdaughter.

The incident occurred at 4:45 a.m. yesterday and involved Asantewa Foster, 24, and Gabriel Hess, 27, according to police. The two share an apartment in the 200 block of I Street SW. Foster told police that she and Hess had argued and that he punched her in the face, knocked her down and kicked her several times, sources said.

Foster was treated at George Washington University Hospital for cuts to her foot and bruises, sources said.

Hess was not at the apartment when police arrived. An arrest warrant was issued for him alleging assault with a deadly weapon, a shod foot, sources said. Hess has no prior criminal record.

Williams said yesterday that he and his wife, Diane, are helping Foster "get through this ordeal."

"Asantewa is a very strong, capable young woman," Williams said in a statement. "This is a very difficult time for my family, and right now, I must put the needs of my daughter first."

Williams said the incident has prompted him to bring domestic violence "into the open" in the next several months.

"It is important to recognize that Asantewa's experience is not isolated," he said. "Domestic violence confronts families across the District--in every ward of the city . . . . Our message should be loud and clear: Domestic abusers will not be tolerated."


Worker Killed, 2 Injured in Crash

A 25-year-old Dumfries man was killed and two people were injured yesterday when a 1999 Toyota Avalon slammed into a construction crew and a truck in Falls Church, Fairfax County police said.

Andra T. Skinner, of the 1700 block of Mine Road, was pronounced dead at the scene. Fellow construction workers Shawn Johnson, 27, and Henry Gaddies, 57, both of Stafford County, were taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where Gaddies was listed in critical condition last night. Johnson was treated and released.

The driver of the car, Shin Hong Kang, 55, of the 7400 block of Colshire Drive in McLean, has been charged with reckless driving, police said. He was treated and released from Inova Fairfax, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police said the three men were repairing a section of street curb at Westmoreland Street and Boxwood Drive when the car driven by Kang hit them about 11:40 a.m.

Kang apparently sped past two cars that were slowing down for the construction work before his car struck Johnson, Gaddies and Skinner, who was thrown into the back of a concrete truck, they said.

The Toyota traveled another 200 feet before slamming into a Chevy 1500 pickup truck driven by James Hensley, 61, of Falls Church, police said. Police, who are still investigating the crash, said alcohol was not a factor.