City Official Dies in Car Crash — “The City of Alexandria is devastated by the loss of Robert Bloom, Public Safety Systems Administrator in the Department of Emergency and Customer Communications (DECC), in a vehicle crash on the morning of July 20, 2020.” [City of Alexandria]
Alexandria Man Dies in D.C. Shooting — “Homicide detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department are investigating the fatal shooting of an Alexandria man that occurred Sunday night in the Shipley area of the city, according to a police release… MPD identified the decedent as Rayfone Gassaway, 37, of Alexandria, Virginia.” [Patch]
COVID-19 Cases Jump by 23 in Alexandria — “Positive tests up 23 to 2,582 in the City… Still safer at home, wash hands, wear masks and support our essential workers.” [Twitter]
Beyer Calls Out Trump Directive to Census Bureau — “A clear violation of the United States Constitution, which spells out in the 14th Amendment that ‘Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States.. counting the whole number of persons in each State..'” [Twitter]
National Coin Shortage Hits Alexandria — “At Alexandria stores like The Home Depot in West End Village and dozens of grocery and other retailers, customers are starting to see signs at checkout (like the one below) pleading with them to use a credit or debit card, or use exact change.” [Alexandria Living]
New Job: Youth Soccer Coach — “Prior soccer experience is not required. We only require the passion for positively impacting children’s lives through the love of sports and fitness. Valid driver’s license and access to personal vehicle Must be at least 18 years of age.” [Indeed]
Alexandria had quite a week, and it’s time to look back as it comes to a close.
In addition to moving into the second phase of its economic recovery, there were a number of important events of interest, including the city council’s passage of an ordinance prohibiting firearms on city property, approved the creation of a police review board, continued expressions of support for the black community in the wake of the George Floyd Murder, and a renewed effort to rename T.C. Williams High School.
Here are the top 11 most-read articles this week in Alexandria.
- BREAKING: Barricade Situation, Suspect Firing on Police on Main Line Boulevard
- What Changes When Alexandria Moves Into Phase 2 of Reopening
- T.C. Williams High School Renaming Question Resurfaces in Alexandria
- Man Wounded in Late Night Old Town Shooting, No Arrests
- Photos: Vigils and Protests Against Police Brutality Held in Alexandria
- Protests and Vigils for Racial Justice Planned in Alexandria
- Old Town Property Once Owned by George Washington For Sale at $4.1 Million
- Mayor: Alexandria Could Move into Phase 2 of Reopening Next Week
- Morning Notes
- Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats Plans to Open Late This Summer in Old Town
- Just In: Alexandria Tow Truck Driver Killed on I-495
Feel free to discuss those or other topics in the comments. Have a safe weekend!
The family of an Alexandria man killed Monday night on Interstate 495 have launched a GoFundMe campaign to help with funeral expenses.
The fund to help the family of Derrick A. Marbury was launched three days ago and has so far raised more than $3,100 out of a $10,000 goal.
“Me and my siblings lost my father last night around 10pm,” Danaeyah Marbury wrote. “He left behind 4 daughters and 1 son. He was loved so much by everyone around him. He always had a smile on his face. Me and my family need help laying my father to rest. Anything helps thank you❤️ it was a hit and run.”
Marbury, a 49-year-old tow truck driver, was killed running out of the way of an accident as he responded to a disabled vehicle on southbound I-495 on Monday night. The incident occurred less than a mile north of Route 236 in Fairfax County and it remains under investigation, according to Virginia State Police.
“The Virginia State Police Fairfax Division Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and is assisting with the ongoing crash investigation,” Virginia State Police said in a statement on Thursday. “This is all the information we have at this time.”
Photo via GoFundMe
A 49-year-old Alexandria tow truck driver was killed on Monday night as he responded to a disabled vehicle on Interstate 495, according to Virginia State Police.
Derrick A. Marbury was responding to a disabled vehicle on I-495 southbound when a 2015 Ford Edge was rear-ended by a 2013 Honda Pilot. The Honda went off the road and hit the tow truck, and Marbury reportedly ran out of the way and was struck and killed by a 2015 Mercedes-Benz M35.
“The Virginia State Police Fairfax Division Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and is assisting with the ongoing crash investigation,” Virginia State Police said in a statement. “This is all the information we have at this time.”
The incident occurred less than a mile north of Route 236 in Fairfax County, according to police.
An 89-year-old Alexandria artist was killed Sunday after being struck by a vehicle while walking across the Duke Street near Cameron Station Blvd.
Police were notified of the incident at 7:52 a.m. Alfredo DaSilva was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The driver of the car that struck him stayed at the scene, was interviewed by police and has not been charged.
“Initial investigation indicates Mr. Alfredo DaSilva, a 89-year-old Alexandria city resident, was crossing Duke Street when he was struck by a motor vehicle,” Alexandria police said in a statement. Mr. DaSilva succumbed to his injuries at the scene.”
Members of APD’s Crash Reconstruction Team are investigating the crash.
DaSilva, a highly accomplished artist who was born in Bolivia on Feb. 20, 1935, held one of his last public discussions of his work to a writer’s group at the Charles Houston Recreation Center in 2017.
DaSilva’s career as a painter took off after he won the top prize from the Salon Nacional de Pintura of Buenos Aires in 1959. His career took him to Washington, D.C., where he conducted a one-an show at the Pan American Union, followed by a Guggenheim fellowship in New York City in the early 1960s. His later career was marked by further awards for his work, including the grand prize at the II Biennale of Bolivia INBO in 1977.
Police are asking that anyone who saw the crash contact Officer Jessica Johnson at 703-405-2787.
A tragic loss of life on Duke Street this morning.
Our Police Department will investigate and determine the factors that led to this crash.
We can and must prevent these deaths.https://t.co/AG7p2SfF9T
— Justin Wilson (@justindotnet) January 26, 2020
Map via Google Maps
A 77-year-old Fairfax County man was struck and killed by a driver on Duke Street near the Alexandria Commons shopping center over the weekend.
The crash happened around 7:30 a.m. Saturday on Duke Street at Sweeley Street.
Police say Fairfax County resident John Thompson, 77, was crossing in the crosswalk when he was struck. He later died at a local hospital.
The driver remained on the scene and thus far there’s no word on any charges being filed, though police say they’re still investigating the crash. More from an Alexandria Police Department press release:
The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a traffic crash that occurred on Saturday, November 16, in the 3100 block of Duke Street.
At approximately 7:35 a.m., police responded to the area for a pedestrian struck in the intersection of Duke Street and Sweeley Street. Initial investigation indicates Mr. John Thompson, a 77-year-old Fairfax County resident, was crossing Duke Street in the crosswalk when he was struck by a motor vehicle. Mr. Thompson died from his injuries at a local hospital. The driver of the vehicle remained on the scene.
Members of the Crash Reconstruction Team and Criminal Investigations Section are investigating the crash. The investigation is ongoing. Alexandria Police ask that witnesses with information regarding this incident contact Officer Charles Gardiner at 703.408.6375.
Last month a car ran into the front of the Sweetfrog frozen yogurt shop at the Alexandria Commons shopping center.
Photo via Google Maps