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Carpenter’s Shelter Van Identified as Vehicle That Killed Artist on Duke Street

(Updated at 12:20 p.m.) The vehicle that struck and killed 89-year-old artist Alfredo DaSilva on Duke Street on Sunday morning, Jan. 26, was a Carpenter’s Shelter shuttle van, ALXnow has learned.

DaSilva was hit by the shelter’s daily shuttle van after it dropped off guests of its winter and day programs. Carpenter’s Shelter is located at Landmark Mall, in the former Macy’s department store, about a mile from the scene of the crash.

The incident occurred just before 8 a.m. as DaSilva crossed Duke Street at the intersection of Cameron Station Blvd.

Carpenter’s Shelter released the following statement to ALXnow:

Carpenter’s Shelter operates a daily shuttle which serves the guests of our Winter Shelter and David’s Place programs. We have been informed that — after all guests had been transported on Sunday morning January 26, 2020 — the shuttle vehicle was involved in a serious accident in the City of Alexandria. As of now, we have been given no further details pending the outcome of the investigation currently underway by law enforcement authorities.  We are and will continue cooperating fully with law enforcement throughout the duration of the investigation. We are deeply concerned for all involved, and will communicate further details to the Carpenter’s Shelter community as soon as they are available.

The driver of the vehicle is a Carpenter’s Shelter staff member. The driver called the police, stayed at the scene after the incident and was released without charges.

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