A pedestrian who died after being hit by a vehicle March 6 has been identified.
A female pedestrian was crossing Gallows Road near the intersection of Prosperity Avenue about 9:45 p.m. when she was struck by a vehicle, according to Fairfax County Police. Police said the unidentified driver waited and called the police. The woman later died at a local hospital and has now been identified as Ai Ying Zhu, 53, of Falls Church. Police say the case is still under investigation, but that speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors.
Fairfax County Police are investigating an incident that might be related to the series of sexual assaults that have taken place in the Springfield area since September.
In the most recent incident, a 32-year-old woman was placing luggage into the trunk of her car about 7 p.m. Tuesday in the 6400 block of Franconia Court when a man grabbed her from behind, according to police.
Police said the woman turned around to see the man fleeing the opposite direction.
Police said the man was described as a white male, between 20 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches. He wore a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a white ball cap. This might be the 22nd incident in Fairfax County, and the 23rd in the area, connected to this suspect, according to police.
The nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) will be offering free cab rides from 4 p.m. March 17 to 4 a.m. March 18 throughout Fairfax County in an effort to combat drunken driving.
During this 12-hour period, area residents celebrating with alcohol can call the toll-free SoberRide phone number 1–800–200–TAXI and be afforded a no-cost (up to a $30 fare), safe way home.
AT&T wireless customers can dial # — WRAP for the same service. Local taxicab companies throughout the Washington-metropolitan area provide this no-cost service to local residents age 21 and older who otherwise might have attempted to drive home after drinking. “On St. Patrick’s Day, over a third of all U.S. traffic deaths are caused by drunk drivers,” said Kurt Gregory Erickson, WRAP’s president.
SoberRide is offered in the District of Columbia, throughout the Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George’s and throughout the Northern Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Eastern Loudoun and Prince William. For more information, visit soberride.com.
A passenger was stopped Sunday at Washington Dulles International Airport after TSA officers found a live smoke grenade in his luggage.
The Great Falls resident attempted to conceal the grenade in the lining of his bag, according to the Office of Public Affairs for the TSA. Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority police officers confiscated the grenade after being alerted by TSA, and the man was allowed to continue on his flight to Denver. There were no charges filed.
Earlier that weekend, March 8, a passenger was stopped trying to bring a stun gun on the flight. The passenger surrendered the weapon and continued on his flight to Charlotte. No charges were filed.
A South Riding man was arrested March 9 after he was confronted by a resident in a Chantilly neighborhood who saw him breaking into their vehicle.
Dolenar Neuburger, 34, is charged with larceny and credit card theft. He is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a $5,000 bond.
A resident reported seeing “unknown subjects” enter their vehicle between 7:48 and 8:12 p.m. in the 42800 block of Smallwood Terrace in Chantilly, according Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office reports.
When the resident confronted the suspect, he made threatening remarks toward the resident.
A wallet and its contents were stolen from the vehicle. An investigation into this case is ongoing, according to the Loudoun County Sherriff’s Department.