Man dies in car crash in Upper Marlboro

A man died early Tuesday in a car crash in Upper Marlboro. While speed was a factor, according to a preliminary police investigation, it is unclear whether the weather or road conditions had anything to do with the crash, Prince George’s County police said.

The crash occurred about 4:15 a.m. The man, driving a Chrysler, was traveling north on Tam O Shanter Drive toward Fairhaven Avenue, said Christina Cotterman, a spokeswoman for the county police department.

There were no other passengers or cars involved in the crash, Cotterman said.

— Lynh Bui

U-Va. warning on accreditation lifted

The University of Virginia’s accreditor has lifted the warning it put on the school amid concerns that U-Va. board members improperly tried to oust President Teresa Sullivan in June 2012.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges sent a team to Charlottesville to investigate whether U-Va. was operating with integrity, the Board of Visitors was following the rules and the faculty had a role in governance.

The team found that U-Va. is in compliance in all three areas, noting in a Oct. 29 report that the governing board amended its policies to appease concerns, such as not allowing a minority of board members to control the board. While finding that “a change in culture had taken place,” the team wrote that “the true test of the effectiveness of the changes will be whether the changes hold up over an extended period of time.”

— Jenna Johnson

Couple shot while driving on I-95

A couple was hit with a shotgun blast, possibly from a passing vehicle, while driving a pickup truck on Interstate 95 in the Richmond area in October, the Virginia State Police said.

The incident occurred about 11:30 p.m. Oct. 10 as the Pennsylvania couple’s Chevrolet Silverado was heading south near Chippenham Parkway, police said. A probe revealed the driver’s side window was shattered by shotgun pellets, which seriously injured the driver, Thomas Doyle, and his passenger, Betty Doyle. Thomas Doyle was able to control the pickup and safely bring it to a stop on the shoulder of I-95.

Both victims were transported to the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. An analysis of metal fragments retrieved by doctors from one of the victims showed the material was from shotgun pellets.

Police said they have no evidence indicating whether the shooting was targeted, random or the result of road rage.

— Justin Jouvenal