News of interest to Loudoun and Fauquier counties that appeared in the daily Post Oct. 3-9.
Man Killed in Wreck
A 21-year-old Leesburg man was killed after his Chevrolet Camaro hit a utility pole. Loudoun County sheriff's spokesman Kraig Troxell said Neil David Dubois was driving east on Lost Corner Road near Tarara Lane about 12:15 a.m. when he drove off the right shoulder and struck the pole. Dubois, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle when it rolled and was pronounced dead at the scene, Troxell said. Investigators had not determined whether the accident was alcohol related, but Troxell said they thought speed was a factor. No other vehicles were involved, and Dubois was alone in his car, Troxell said.
Development Plans Decried
Slow-growth activists, including a woman dressed as a sheep, gathered in a still-rural part of Loudoun County to warn that a flurry of recent development proposals could add thousands of car trips to the region's already clogged roads. With the rumble of 18-wheelers drowning out some of the speakers gathered along Route 50 at Mount Zion Church, representatives of the Piedmont Environmental Council and other groups teamed with a handful of residents to decry a push for more construction in the nation's fastest-growing county.
Vaccine Drill Postponed
Loudoun County had anticipated about 9,000 doses of flu vaccine from a distributor and planned to offer nearly a quarter of them free at Code Flu 04, an emergency drill to test its health agency's ability to provide medication en masse. The Oct. 16 exercise was postponed.
$2 Million Award in Death
A Loudoun County Circuit Court jury ordered a former Sterling lawyer who struck and killed a 15-year-old girl with her Mercedes on a Fairfax County highway to pay more than $2 million in damages to the victim's family. The jury ordered Jane Wagner, 33, to compensate the parents, two brothers and sister of Naeun Yoon for the death of the teenager, who had emigrated from South Korea four months before she was killed in March 2000. Wagner pleaded guilty in Fairfax County to hit-and-run and served one year in jail.
Judge Rules Against School
A federal judge ruled that Loudoun County school officials discriminated against families at Potomac Falls High School when they removed bricks engraved with crosses from a walkway in front of the school. The families bought the bricks as a part of a fundraiser for the school's parents group. For $50, parents could buy a brick engraved with their child's name and class year and have it installed as part of a "walk of fame," surrounding the Sterling school's flagpole.