Head-on collision leaves woman dead

A woman died in a collision in Prince George’s County on Thursday when an SUV struck her vehicle head-on, police said.

Authorities identified the victim as 23-year-old Tyra Dalton of Upper Marlboro.

The crash happened around 9 p.m. Thursday in the 7400 block of Old Alexandria Ferry Road near Branch Avenue in Clinton, according to officials.

An initial investigation found that an SUV and a car were headed in opposite directions when the SUV crossed the centerline and crashed into Dalton’s vehicle. Dalton was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

The driver of the SUV suffered injuries that police said were not life-threatening.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

— Dana Hedgpeth
and Katie Mettler

Baltimore prosecutors reviewing viral video

Baltimore prosecutors are reviewing a viral video that shows a police officer pulling out a gun during an arrest and holding it over a man’s head as he tells people to back up.

The 45-second exchange posted on Instagram shows the officer kneeling on the man, who is seen on the ground as another officer attempts to handcuff him. As people gather around the scene, the officer pulls out the gun and tells them that he “strongly suggest” they back up. He also uses an expletive.

Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Zy Richardson told the Baltimore Sun on Thursday that the office has been looking into the social media post. The Baltimore Police Department, which has not publicly identified the officer, is also reviewing the incident.

— Associated Press


State of emergency declared over Isaias

Gov. Ralph Northam (D) declared a state of emergency Friday in advance of Hurricane Isaias, which he said could affect coastal parts of the state as soon as this weekend.

Northam said the declaration ensures that local jurisdictions would have the help needed to protect residents.

A state of emergency lets Virginia mobilize resources and equipment needed for response and recovery efforts, the governor’s office said.

The storm’s track remained uncertain, the office said in a statement, but “it appears increasingly likely” that Virginia could see impacts.

That made it necessary, the statement said, to prepare for possible flooding and high winds and for a potential storm surge.

— Martin Weil

Motorcyclist killed after hitting guardrail

A motorcyclist was killed in a crash in Prince William County, police said.

The incident happened just before 8 a.m. Thursday near Nokesville Road and Fauquier Drive in Nokesville.

Local police said an initial investigation showed that a man on a motorcycle was headed north on Nokesville Road when he lost control and hit a guardrail. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The man was later identified as Daniel Cody Starr, 32, of Catlett, Va.

Prince William County police said the crash remains under investigation.

— Dana Hedgpeth

VMI: Some school traditions to change

The superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute said it will not take down its Confederate monuments, but some of its long-standing traditions will change.

The Roanoke Times reports that retired Army Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III wrote about the Confederate monument issue in a letter to the VMI community on Wednesday.

Peay wrote that the school’s honoring of its history does not “in any way condone racism, much less slavery.”

Multiple buildings are named for Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson as well as other alumni and faculty who fought for the Confederacy. A statue of Jackson also stands in front of the barracks.

Peay said changes will include reorienting flagpoles surrounding the statue and relocating an oath ceremony from a battlefield where 10 VMI cadets died fighting for the Confederacy to school grounds.

VMI also will have classes in diversity training.

Black graduates have been speaking out on social media about racism at VMI and the need for changes, including removing the Jackson statue.

— Associated Press