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A man was killed on Sept. 12 on I-495 at the Eisenhower Avenue exit 174 (Via Google Maps)

A 51-year-old Alexandria man was killed in a crash last week near the Eisenhower Avenue exit on Interstate 495.

Virginia State Police reported that Martin Warner, Jr. was killed at 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, when his 2003 Mercedes Benz crashed into a tractor-trailer that had to “rapidly slow in speed” due to mechanical issues.

Warner was not wearing his seatbelt and was killed. The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 36-year-old Arlington resident, was wearing his seatbelt and was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

The crash remains under investigation, according to VSP.


A 14-year-old boy on an electric bike suffered non-life threatening injuries after a crash involving a car in Arlandria on Wednesday night, according to scanner traffic.

The crash occurred at around 7:30 p.m. in a parking lot in the 4100 block of Mount Vernon Avenue. The teen was transported to a hospital in an ambulance.

The driver of the vehicle was pulling out of the parking lot and was about to turn onto Mount Vernon Avenue when the crash occurred, though ALXnow could not independently verify which vehicle struck the other.

The driver stayed at the scene and was not charged.

“I was just pulling out of the parking lot and this kid came flying down Mount Vernon Avenue on his bike and bam, hit the car,” the driver told ALXnow. “I stayed here. I had to help the kid.”

El Texano Bar & Grill after a crash on Wednesday morning (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

The front entrance to El Texano Bar & Grill is boarded up after a driver crashed their Mercedes-Benz into the building this morning.

The incident occurred around 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at the bar in the Van Dorn Plaza shopping center (514 S Van Dorn Street).

The only person assessed for injuries at the time was the car’s driver. Alexandria Fire Department (AFD) spokesperson Raytevia Evans said AFD inspeced the building for structural damage and found it was limited to the glass window, with no compromise to the utilities or structural integrity.

“Units evaluated the driver and confirmed no injuries,” Evans said.

El Texano Bar & Grill could not be reached for comment.

A man was arrested after an alleged hit-and-run in Arlandria on Sunday morning, Aug. 6, 2023 (staff photo by James Cullum)

A 25-year-old Alexandria man was arrested after a terrifying incident early Sunday morning in which he allegedly drove his SUV into multiple vehicles and almost hit bystanders in an Arlandria parking lot.

Mike Vasquez Lopez is being held on a $3,500 bond after being charged with reckless driving, driving while intoxicated and two counts of hit and run property damage.

At around 1:15 a.m., Lopez was filmed allegedly driving erratically through a parking lot in the 4100 block of Mount Vernon Avenue. Police said via scanner that he was “kicked out” of Ricky’s Sports Bar at 4124 Mount Vernon Avenue, and that he then allegedly struck multiple vehicles with a dark blue GMC SUV.

No one was injured in the incident.

While the suspect allegedly drove through the parking lot, people in the lot pelted his SUV with rocks and tried to stop it, according to the video. The suspect then allegedly drove away from the scene shortly before police arrived, and he was arrested near the intersection of Mount Vernon Avenue and S. Glebe Road.

Lopez was also found guilty in June of driving without a license and failing to yield to pedestrians and is past due on paying the court more than $200 in fines. He is scheduled to appear for his arraignment in court today (Monday).


A driver was hospitalized after she drove her car into Robcyns (3660 King Street) at the Bradlee Shopping Center.

The incident occurred around 3:20 p.m., according to the dispatch.

The driver was taken away on a stretcher and told ALXnow they accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake.

“What’s important is that everyone is okay,” said owner Meghan Herzing. “The lady, the driver, is a customer. I know her, and she was crying and profusely apologizing.”

The crash is not even the first of its kind this year: another driver sent their car through the front window of the nearby Tropical Smoothie Cafe in February.

“Over the last six years this has happened to the Hallmark store, the Shoe Repair store, Starbucks and Tropical Smoothie,” Herzig said. A driver also slammed into the front of the Capital One bank branch at the shopping center a few years ago.

The vehicular mayhem at the Bradlee Shopping Center is in addition to a recent shots fired incident, last year’s fatal stabbing, and safety concerns about loitering teenagers among employees at the center.

James Cullum and Vernon Miles contributed to this story


(Updated 2:50 p.m.) The westbound lanes of Seminary Road between the 4600 and 4700 blocks — near Francies C. Hammond Middle School — have reopened following a two-vehicle car crash that temporarily shut down traffic.

Alexandria Fire Department (AFD) spokesperson Raytevia Evans said the call for an accident went out around 2 p.m.

“AFD units were dispatched, including rescue squad to help get a car door open,” Evans said. Two individuals sustained nonlife-threatening injuries, and both are being transported for additional treatment.”

Evans said police are at the scene of the incident and road closures were in place for the westbound side of Seminary Road.

James Cullum and Vernon Miles
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A Fairfax County man was charged with driving while intoxicated after allegedly crashing into a police cruiser in the area of S. Washington Street and Green Street in Old Town (via Google Maps)

A Fairfax County man goes to court this week for allegedly crashing his car into an Alexandria Police cruiser while driving drunk.

The incident occurred at around midnight on Sunday, Feb. 26, near the intersection of S. Washington Street and Green Street. There were two officers in the cruiser at the time of the crash. While the airbags were deployed, no one was injured in the crash, according to a recently released search warrant affidavit.

The suspect, a 33-year-old Fairfax County resident, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving. He was released that same day on a $5,000 unsecured bond and goes to court for the offenses tomorrow (Wednesday).

There have been 24 people charged with driving while intoxicated this year in Alexandria, compared to 47 during this same time period last year, 24 in the same time period in 2021, 47 in 2020 and 36 in 2019, according to Alexandria’s crime database.

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No arrests were made after a stolen car crashed into another car and the front yard of a home in Alexandria’s Potomac West neighborhood early Monday morning, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

Police were dispatched at around 1 a.m. to the 200 block of Tennessee Avenue after a silver Toyota Corolla with Maryland license plates allegedly fled police at high speed and crashed into a parked car and into the front yard of a home, damaging the railing to the front steps. Police determined that the car was reported stolen in Alexandria.

Multiple occupants in the vehicle fled on foot, according to police. Airbags were deployed, and ambulances were not dispatched and there were no reported injuries.

No information was released regarding any other suspects. Police said that the case “may involve” juvenile suspects, but did not provide further details.

Anyone with information on this incident can call the Alexandria Police Department non-emergency number at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Callahan Drive (image via Google Maps)

The Alexandria Police Department has responded to a single-vehicle motorcycle crash on Callahan Drive between King and Duke Streets, resulting in the temporary closure of the road.

The driver of the motorcycle appears to have sustained serious injuries and has been transported to the hospital. APD is currently investigating the incident.

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A Lorton man was arrested on DWI charges after allegedly crashing into four cars at the intersection of S. Patrick Street and Gibbon Streets on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 (via Google Maps)

A 23-year-old Lorton man was charged with driving while intoxicated after allegedly crashing into four cars in Old Town.

The crash occurred near the intersection of S. Patrick Street and Gibbon Street at around 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21. Three people suffered minor injuries and went to the hospital, and the driver was released later that day.

The driver failed a field sobriety test, refused medical attention and admitted to police that he drank four Modello beers before the crash, according to a recently released search warrant affidavit.

“I shouldn’t have driven tonight,” the suspect allegedly told police, according to the search warrant affidavit.

The suspect was charged with driving while intoxicated (first offense) and goes to court on Feb. 2.

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