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Fredy Ortiz Dominguez, charged with involuntary manslaughter, photo courtesy Alexandria Sheriff’s Office

On Monday, a grand jury indicted 46-year-old Hyattsville resident Fredy Ortiz Dominguez on charges related to the death of Roy Saravia Alvarez last November.

Dominguez allegedly struck and killed Alvarez at the intersection of West Glebe Road and Mount Vernon Avenue at around 8:10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021.

“The decedent, Roy Saravia Alvarez, was walking on a sidewalk at that location when he was struck by a vehicle operated by the defendant,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter said in a release. “Mr. Saravia Alvarez subsequently succumbed to injuries sustained during the crash.”

Alvarez was killed just days before his 47th birthday as he was walking home from a store.

“Involuntary Manslaughter is a felony offense which carries a potential maximum penalty of 10 years of incarceration in prison,” Porter said. “Reckless Driving is a misdemeanor offense which carries a potential maximum penalty of 12 months in jail and/or a fine of not more than $2,500. No trial date has been set in the matter.”

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Update on 3/30/22 — The Alexandria Police Department said the driver was a 78-year-old local resident whose vehicle left the roadway and struck a 9-year-old girl on the sidewalk. Both driver and pedestrian were taken to Fairfax Hospital. The pedestrian had serious but non-life-threatening injuries and the driver was treated for minor injuries.

Earlier: A child was struck and seriously injured at an intersection just outside of Jefferson Houston Elementary School (200 block of North West Street).

According to a release from the Alexandria Police Department:

The 200 block of North West Street is closed to through traffic in response to a single-vehicle car crash involving a pedestrian. The pedestrian sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries. APD is investigating the cause of the crash.

The crash was reported around 2:30 p.m., around the time the school lets out.

Alexandria Police public information officer Marcel Bassett confirmed that the pedestrian struck is a child. The driver stayed at the scene, and both the driver and victim were taken to a hospital.

(Updated at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 3) Alexandria City Manager Jim Parajon wants to be able to reduce speed limits from 25 miles per hour to 15 mph in business and residential districts.

The proposal is part of the city’s efforts to pilot slow zones in residence districts, and goes before City Council on Tuesday, March 8. The City Manager already has the authority to reduce the speed limit, just not to 15 mph.

While there would not be any “immediate or direct impact on existing speed limits in the City,” the proposal gives Parajon the ability to decrease the speed limit and “establish differential speeds for daytime and nighttime driving on such streets, provided that any such increase or decrease in speed limit, or differential speed limit, shall be based upon an engineering and traffic investigation by the director of transportation and environmental services.”

The move comes three months after the City reduced the speed limit on Seminary Road from 35 mph to 25 mph. Last fall, there were a number of crashes involving pedestrians, including a man killed in the West End and a 13-year old struck while walking home in Del Ray.

According to the city:

This legislation enables the City to begin piloting “slow zones” in Alexandria, which typically include a combination of lower speed limits and traffic calming treatments such as speed cushions, curb extensions, and signage. Alexandria has committed to making streets safer through its Vision Zero program, which identifies speeding as one of the most pressing community concerns related to safety. Staff will not immediately consider individual requests outside of slow zone areas for speed limit reductions on neighborhood streets to less than 25mph. Should there be an eventual desire to reduce speed limits outside of slow zones, staff will develop a process for identifying which streets would qualify.

Alexandria’s Vision Zero Plan has the goal of eliminating all traffic-related deaths and injuries by 2028.

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Location of the Foundry Apartments (via Google Maps)

Alexandria police officers responding to a domestic situation at a high-rise apartment building Monday night were confronted by a wanted man who allegedly attempted to run over officers as he made good his escape.

Police responded around 7 p.m. to the Foundry Apartments at 2470 Manderville Lane, a couple of blocks from the Eisenhower Avenue Metro station, after a woman called police and said she was concerned about her ex-boyfriend, who reportedly had a knife and broke her phone.

Once inside, officers reported that the man had taken off down the stairwell. Moments later, he hopped into a newer model Honda Pilot in which he used in an attempt to run over an officer who had arrived to assist, according to initial reports.

EMS personnel took the officer to the hospital, though the officer’s injuries were said to be non-life-threatening, according to APD.

Police are looking for the suspect and the black Honda Pilot with Maryland tags he was driving. It may have front-end damage and damage to the passenger-side door from trying to run over the officer.

According to one radio report, the man has an extensive rap sheet including several open warrants.

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With two celebration-filled weeks left in the year, there has been a 34% jump in the number of Driving Under the Influence arrests in 2021 over last year.

As of Dec. 7, there have been 193 DUI arrests in Alexandria, up from 144 last year — a period when police minimized traffic enforcement, and restaurants and bars were still largely closed indoors due to the pandemic.

Still, there were 240 total DUI arrests in Alexandria in 2019 — 20% higher than this year’s current total.

“Enforcement may be up and I would contribute it to our Traffic Safety Section being diligent and staying on top of their training in recognizing drivers who drive under the influence as well as the contributions from our patrol,” Alexandria Police public information officer Marcel Bassett told ALXnow.

Not counted in the figures is a DUI arrest that occurred on Dec. 11, after a pedestrian was struck in Arlandria. The 41-year-old driver was charged with DUI Maiming and DUI Second Offense.

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(Updated on Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.) An adult female was seriously injured Saturday night (Dec. 11) after being hit by a car in Arlandria.

The incident occurred at around 6:40 p.m. at Four Mile Road near Old Dominion Boulevard, Alexandria Police told ALXnow.

The pedestrian was transported to The George Washington University Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

The 41-year-old driver, Luis Antonio Ortiz, stayed at the scene and was charged with DUI Maiming and DUI Second Offense, police said.

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This week was a mix of big plans for the future in Alexandria and concerns about public feedback on city projects.

The top story this week was on Sunday, when a driver struck and killed local resident Roy Saravia Alvarez. The driver, Fredy Ortiz-Dominguez of Hyattsville, Maryland, was arrested last night and charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Here were the most-read stories around ALXnow this week:

  1. UPDATED: Pedestrian struck and killed in Arlandria
  2. Construction begins for Inova’s massive Oakville Triangle project
  3. Petition gains steam to save Torpedo Factory artist studios
  4. Multi-use development at 1300 King Street could be finished by late 2022, says developer
  5. City considers axing Complete Streets feedback form
  6. Deterioration forces additional closures to Arlington-Alexandria bridge
  7. Francis C. Hammond Middle School student suspended for alleged ‘shooting up the school’ message
  8. Alexandria looks to improve Van Dorn Street bridge and Holmes Run Trail crossing
  9. Archeologists discover new pieces of early 19th century waterfront brewery in Old Town
  10. New field lighting baked into Minnie Howard campus expansion permitting
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The driver who struck and killed local resident Roy Saravia Alvarez on Saturday, Nov. 13, has been arrested by the Alexandria Police Department.

Police said that a warrant for involuntary manslaughter was issued and 45-year-old Fredy Ortiz-Dominguez of Hyattsville, Maryland, turned himself in to police custody yesterday (Thursday). Ortiz-Dominguez is being held at the Alexandria Detention Center without bail.

The crash occurred at 8:10 p.m. on Sunday at the 200 block of West Glebe Road in Arlandria. The victim was declared dead at the scene. Ortiz-Dominguez remained at the scene.

In a GoFundMe established to help cover funeral expenses, Alvarez’ family described him as a beloved grandfather who was kind-hearted and humorous. The GoFundMe has raised $16,125, exceeding its original goal.

Police noted that anyone with additional information is asked to contact investigators.

This case still remains an ongoing investigation, anyone with any information related to this incident is asked to please contact the investigating officer, Ofc. Wes Vitale at 703.746.6178 or call APD’s non-emergency number at 703.746.4444.  Tips or information can be anonymously submitted.

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Morning Notes

Man Fatally Struck on Alexandria Sidewalk — “A man died after he was hit by a truck when its driver jumped a sidewalk on Saturday night in Alexandria, Virginia. His family wants to know why the driver is not behind bars and said they think the driver’s actions after the crash may have killed their loved one.” [NBC4]

Alexandria named second-biggest art-buying city in US by Artfinder — “Yesterday the company released a list of the top art-buying cities in the U.S.  It appears that Alexandria residents love their art, because our city came in second place, behind Savannah, Georgia.” [Zebra]

Chopt opens its doors in Kingstowne — “Chopt Creative Salad Co. will open its doors Wednesday, Nov. 17 in the Kingstowne Towne Center, the company announced Tuesday.” [Alexandria Living Magazine]

Alexandria tutoring consortium awarded $16K grant from AT&T — “[Alexandria Tutoring Consortium] (ATC), which helps the youngest students enrolled in Alexandria’s public schools learn to read, is the recipient of a $16,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation.” [Zebra]

Alexandria police union pleads for more pay and resources — “The union has requested a 10% raise while the city council is considering a 1.5% raise.” [WUSA9]

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(Updated at 11:10 a.m.) Police are investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian that happened around 8:10 p.m. on the 200 block of West Glebe Road, near Mount Vernon Avenue and the Food Star International Supermarket.

The victim was struck by a driver and reportedly pinned under their vehicle. He was pronounced dead soon after rescue crews freed his body from beneath the auto.

Crash investigators are trying to determine what led to the crash.

Saturday was a bad day for pedestrians throughout the region. A woman was killed this afternoon in D.C.’s Adams Morgan neighborhood. That was followed by a pedestrian who was seriously injured in Arlington on S. Carlin Springs Road around 7:20 p.m., and now this crash in Alexandria.

On Sunday morning, Alexandria police issued an initial press release about the fatal crash.

The Alexandria Police Department’s Crash Reconstruction Team is investigating a fatal car crash that occurred on Saturday, November 13, 2021.

At approximately 8:10 p.m. Saturday evening, APD officers responded to a crash in the 200 block of West Glebe Road. Upon arrival, officers determined that the incident involved a single vehicle striking a pedestrian.

The pedestrian was pronounced at the scene. The identity of the victim is being held for 24-hours after the next of kin is notified.

The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and sustained no injuries.

APD is asking anyone who witnessed or may have information about this incident to contact Officer Wes Vitale at 703.746.6178 or call our non-emergency number at 703.746.4444.

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