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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.

What an interesting week in Alexandria. Here’s the rundown.

World champion sprinter Noah Lyles brought home his bronze medal from the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday. In a frank, TED Talk-like speech at Alexandria City High School, Lyles talked about the importance of mental health as he struggled to perform at the games.

“A lot of people will look at the Olympics this year like something was different with the athletes,” said Lyles. “Well, it was a lot of difference because we had so much weight that we had to hold onto — about two years. I was no different.”

On the COVID-19 front, while the transmission level remains high in Alexandria, this week the city tied with Arlington for the lowest seven-day positivity rate in Virginia. Large outdoor public events are still happening, too, and on Monday, a vast majority of local elected officials and candidates converged for the Alexandria Democratic Committee’s annual Labor Day Picnic, which included an appearance by gubernatorial candidate, former Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Important stories

Top stories

  1. Man arrested for spending spree after finding wallet in Bradlee Shopping Center parking lot
  2. COVID-19 Update: Alexandria ties with Arlington for lowest seven-day positivity rate in Virginia
  3. BREAKING: Pedestrian critically injured in Old Town car crash
  4. Mark Center development plans head to Planning Commission this week
  5. Alexandria Police union calls out years of executive mismanagement
  6. JUST IN: Suspects arrested after allegedly firing shots at Alexandria Police
  7. BREAKING: Video shows brawl at Alexandria City High School cafeteria just two days after school starts
  8. Mayor outlines upcoming plastic bag tax plans
  9. Village Brauhaus aims for rooftop expansion
  10. No injuries or arrests after shots fired in Old Town Sunday night
  11. Most expensive homes sold in Alexandria in August

Have a safe weekend!

Via Elijah Walter Griffin, Sr.

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Cameron and Buchanan Street, photo via Google Maps

(Updated 7:40 p.m.) A pedestrian has been transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after a car crash around 7 p.m. on Cameron Street in Old Town, according to Alexandria police.

The street is shut down at the intersection with Buchanan Street, near the popular Metro Linear Park that runs parallel to the Metro.

Police said the driver stayed on the scene and an investigation is ongoing. Police said the victim has been taken to Fairfax Hospital with serious injuries.

There have been multiple crashes involving pedestrians in Alexandria over the last month, including a man killed in the West End last week and a 13-year old struck walking home in Del Ray.

Photo via Google Maps

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Alexandria was spared from significant flooding this week after remnants of Hurricane Ida swept through the East Coast. The only flooding found was on lower King Street in Old Town, where businesses laid sandbags at windows and doorways.

“We’re open inside, but if you want to eat you’re probably going to have to come barefoot,” a hostess at Mai Thai told ALXnow on Wednesday.

Our top story this week was, for the second week in a row, on the recent brawl inside Alexandria City High School.

It’s a three-day weekend, and on Sunday the annual Old Town Festival of Speed & Style will bring crowds to marvel at classic and beautiful rides along King Street. Monday is Labor Day, and the city will operate on a holiday schedule.

In this week’s poll we asked how satisfied readers are with Alexandria City Public Schools since reopening on August 24. A majority (31%) reported being extremely unsatisfied with the school system, while 29% said ACPS has done a good job, 25% are extremely satisfied and 14% are unhappy overall.

Important stories

Top stories

  1. BREAKING: Video shows brawl at Alexandria City High School cafeteria just two days after school starts
  2. 13-year-old hit by car while walking home from school in Del Ray
  3. Fox put George Washington Middle School into a lock-in today
  4. Man arrested for spending spree after finding wallet in Bradlee Shopping Center parking lot
  5. No injuries or arrests after shots fired on Duke Street
  6. ACPS Superintendent Hutchings asks community to hit the brakes on email campaigns
  7. Alexandria man arrested for beating up ex-girlfriend in Old Town North
  8. Alexandria sees cases rise in August and warns of COVID-19 in schools
  9. Alexandria man convicted for possessing child porn and violating parole
  10. Historic Black cemetery under threat of being washed away in Old Town
  11. Man swallows two bags of drugs and runs from police in Old Town

Have a safe weekend!

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(Updated at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, September 2) Alexandria Police are investigating the death of a man who was struck by a vehicle Wednesday morning (September 1) as he crossed the street in the West End.

The pedestrian has been identified as Simon Merino.

The incident occurred near N. Beauregard Street and Fairbanks Avenue at around 6:20 a.m., and as of 9:30 a.m., the roadway was still closed while police continued their investigation. The area where the crash occurred is near Northern Virginia Community College and Mark Center.

The driver was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and has not been charged with anything, police told ALXnow.

Police will release more information this afternoon on the incident. The roadway reopened at around 12:45 p.m.

Via Google Maps

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A 13-year-old boy is fine after being hit by a car while crossing the street in Del Ray on Thursday afternoon, August 26.

The boy was walking home from George Washington Middle School when he was struck. He was transported to the hospital, and has since been cleared, police told ALXnow. The driver stayed at the scene and was not charged with anything.

“School is back in session, and drivers need to be more aware and cautious with more kids out in the streets,” said Alexandria Police senior public information officer Amanda Paga.

Paga also said parents need to remind their children to look both ways before crossing the street.

Via Google Maps

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A man was struck by a vehicle in the 2100 block of Jamieson Avenue this afternoon and taken to the hospital, though his injuries are not considered life-threatening.

“We had a male pedestrian struck on Jamieson,” said Alexandria Police Department senior communication officer Amanda Paga. “[He] was taken to the hospital due to his age, but he had non-life-threatening injuries.”

The incident occurred in the Carlyle neighobrhood a block away from the Federal Courthouse and The Westin hotel.

Initial reports indicated that the man was conscious, but bleeding from the head when first responders arrived on scene.

Paga said the driver of the vehicle stayed on-scene after the incident.

Via Google Maps

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