Two Pedestrians Killed in Accidents
Two pedestrians were killed yesterday when they were struck by vehicles in separate accidents in Northern Virginia, police said.
Kee Yoon, 90, of Alexandria, was not in a crosswalk when he tried to cross North Van Dorn Street and was struck by a northbound 1993 Nissan Altima, police spokeswoman Amy Bertsch said. He was pronounced dead at 2:55 p.m. at Inova Fairfax Hospital. No charges have been filed against the driver.
Last night, another man was killed when he was struck by a vehicle at an intersection just west of Fairfax City, Fairfax County police said.
The accident occurred about 6:15 p.m. at Random Hills and Waples Mill roads, an area just off Route 50 where many business offices are located. The names of those involved in the accident were not immediately available.
Fairfax School Board Backs Rec Center
A Fairfax County recreation center would be built next to a new county high school in Chantilly under an agreement reached between the county's school system and Park Authority.
The School Board last week approved an agreement to lease 28 acres to the Park Authority for the center, which would open in late 2003 and include an indoor swimming pool with spectator seating, a leisure swimming pool and a weight and fitness center. The project requires the approval of the county planning commission.
Arlington Spill Leaks Fuel Into Potomac
A generator fell off the back of a flatbed truck in Arlington yesterday afternoon, turned over and spilled 400 gallons of diesel fuel in the courthouse area, Arlington fire officials said yesterday.
Although firefighters were able to contain 350 gallons at the spill site at 14th and North Veitch streets, the rest leaked into the storm-drain system and from there into the Potomac River. Alexandria and District fireboats helped contain the leakage with floating booms at Theodore Roosevelt Island, said Arlington Fire Capt. Carol Saulnier. The owner of the flatbed has hired a contractor to clean up the spill site, she said.
Elderly Among 11 Hurt in Pileup
Eleven people were injured last night, none seriously, after a car cut in front of a bus carrying residents of a senior citizens home, causing an eight-vehicle collision in Capitol Heights, Prince George's County police said.
The accident happened about 7:55 p.m. on Central Avenue at Ritchie Road, said Cpl. Irene Huskens, a police spokeswoman. She said at least four of the 11 injured were on the bus from Stoddard Baptist Home in Northwest Washington. All 11 were treated at Prince George's Hospital Center and were expected to be released, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Angelos Defends $1 Billion Fee
Lawyer and Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos said yesterday that he had no duty to seek his fee from cigarette makers for representing Maryland in the national tobacco litigation, as Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. (D) sued him to do two weeks ago.
In a 231-page response to the lawsuit, Angelos argued that he has a valid contract with the state to receive 25 percent--or more than $1 billion--of Maryland's $4.4 billion of the national settlement with the tobacco industry.
A hearing on the dispute is scheduled to begin this morning in Circuit Court in Baltimore.
Naval Academy Investigates Water Leak
The U.S. Naval Academy is investigating the opening of a water main in a student dormitory that caused an overflow into some faculty offices early Sunday, damaging computers and research projects.
A spokeswoman for the military college in Annapolis said the campus fire department first learned of the Bancroft Hall deluge around 5 a.m., when an alarm went off signifying low water pressure in one of the lines.
Academy officials said they do not yet know whether the water valve was intentionally opened and have not determined a dollar value for the damages.
Shady Grove Sued After Woman's Death
The family of a woman who died after being left unattended in a hallway at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital filed a lawsuit against the Rockville facility yesterday.
The 79-year-old Potomac woman, Anna Belle Beier, was left in a hallway after tests in the radiology department Oct. 5, instead of being taken back to the intensive care unit. She went into cardiac arrest, and when doctors and nurses rushed to her side, suctioning equipment to clear her airway failed to work. She was pronounced dead 20 minutes later.
The family said in the lawsuit that Shady Grove officials lied when they told Beier's husband that his wife's heart stopped during the X-ray and that she was moved to the cardiac care unit, where doctors failed to save her.
"The family continues to be very upset not only at the care but at the failure of the hospital to communicate the details surrounding Mrs. Beier's death to them," said family attorney Michael F. Flynn Jr.
Shady Grove officials have acknowledged that they made errors treating Beier. They said yesterday that they will work with family members "to address their concerns."
Humane Society Flooded With Pet Gifts
The Washington Humane Society, which has a contract with the District government to run the city animal shelter, has been "deluged" with dog sweaters, chew toys and cat blankets after a story ran in The Washington Post about a wish list for homeless animals, according to society spokesman Jim Monsma.
The story told of the need for sweaters for small breeds and dogs whose fur had been shaved, and for blankets for cats' bedding.
"We now have five sweaters for every dog," Monsma said. "The cats have enough blankets for a year. We are very grateful to all the generous people who sent so many gifts."
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I'll really feel I've been a success if people can say, 'I live in Prince William County, and I'm proud to live here.' We don't have to be thought of as second-tier."
--Sean Connaughton, newly elected chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors.