The DistrIct

Md. 18-Year-Old Fatally Shot in SE

An 18-year-old Prince George's County man was shot and killed early yesterday as he sat at the wheel of a car in Southeast Washington, D.C. police said.

Police identified the man as Theodore Durbin of Curtis Drive in Hillcrest Heights. Sgt. Joe Gentile, a D.C. police spokesman, said Durbin and one or more other people were in a car stopped in the 1900 block of Alabama Avenue SE about 4:15 a.m. when another vehicle drove alongside and a shot was fired from it.

Durbin was hit in the back, and the car went into reverse, striking a utility pole and a house in the 1800 block of Alabama Avenue. He was taken to Washington Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said a reward of as much as $25,000 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Car Crashes Into Fast-Food Restaurant

Three Israeli tourists and a fast-food employee received minor injuries last night when a car crashed into a KFC restaurant in Southwest Washington, authorities said.

A driver who had been in the drive-through line of the restaurant in the 1100 block of South Capitol Street crashed through a window after she switched gears, apparently in an effort to leave the line, and went in reverse instead of forward, said Walter Groshala, a supervisor with the city's Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department who was on the scene. The window shattered, and the table at which six tourists were sitting was pushed back several feet, he said.

"They'll be fine," Groshala said of the tourists. One child might have suffered a broken arm, and a second child and an adult were cut and bruised. The employee did not appear to be seriously injured but wanted to be checked anyway, Groshala said. The driver did not go to the hospital.

An investigation is ongoing.

The Region

Arlington Cemetery Undergoing Expansion

Arlington National Cemetery is undergoing its first expansion in a decade.

The $12 million, 40-acre project is needed to accommodate the large number of veterans from World War II. The expansion will allow the nation's preeminent military burial ground to accommodate burials up to 2030.

As part of the project that began in May, 26,000 plots are being added to the roughly 215,000 in place. An additional 77,000 cremated remains are in tombs with urns.

New roads and utilities also are being added to the cemetery, as is a stone wall to serve as a boundary.

The last expansion, in 1995, involved 10 acres.


Cyclist Killed in Collision Is Identified

A teenage bicyclist killed in a collision with an automobile Saturday was identified yesterday by police as Rageim Wade of the 700 block of Clopper Road in Gaithersburg.

Rageim, 15, was riding north on Quince Orchard Road and was struck by a black Volkswagen Jetta as he was trying to cross Great Seneca Highway, police said. As of yesterday, it was unclear whether Rageim was in or near the crosswalk at the time he was struck, police said. Also unclear is the traffic light sequence at the time Rageim tried to cross the intersection.

No charges have been filed against the driver, police said.

Fla. Man Dies in Fall at Annapolis Rock

A Florida man was fatally injured when he fell 50 feet from a rocky ledge while hiking with friends in South Mountain State Park, according to Maryland Natural Resources Police.

Matthew J. All, 19, of Sarasota fell Friday afternoon while hiking at Annapolis Rock, a side trail of the Appalachian Trail near Boonsboro. All was airlifted to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and died there early Saturday, police said.


Crash Victim Was Falls Church Woman

The driver killed in a Fairfax County car crash Saturday was identified yesterday by police as Kelly Allen, 20, of Falls Church.

Allen was killed when the vehicle she was driving crossed the yellow line and struck another car, Fairfax officials said. Allen "was unable to negotiate a curve" on Telegraph Road about 4:45 a.m. and drove her car into the oncoming lane, said Officer Beth Funston, a Fairfax police spokeswoman.

An unidentified 19-year-old passenger in Allen's car was listed in critical condition, police said. The two occupants of the other vehicle were treated and released, police said.

"Oh, God, I love this machine."

-- Joshua Basile, a 19-year-old quadriplegic, sitting in his wheelchair, his hands Velcroed to miniature bicycle pedals mounted on a tabletop. -- A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Martin Weil, Aymar Jean, Michelle Boorstein and Sudarsan Raghavan and the Associated Press.