Accident Kills Driver, Injures Police Officer In Alexandria | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Accident Kills Driver, Injures Police Officer In Alexandria

Play associated audio
An accident on Franconia Road in Alexandria involving a police cruiser and another car left the driver of the other car dead early in the morning of August 13.
Armando Trull
An accident on Franconia Road in Alexandria involving a police cruiser and another car left the driver of the other car dead early in the morning of August 13.

Franconia Road is now partially reopened between Edison Road and Gun Street in Alexandria after an accident resulting in one fatality occurred just after 3 a.m. today. Authorities are still investigating a fatal crash. 

The accident happened when a 2006 Infiniti traveling eastbound veered suddenly into oncoming traffic on Franconia Road, hitting a police cruiser head on. There was a fiery explosion and the driver of the Infiniti was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The police officer suffered minor injuries but is expected to fully recover. 

"The Infiniti caught fire, and the driver, the sole occupant of the Infiniti, was pronounced dead at the scene," says Fairfax County Police spokesperson Don Gotthardt.

The officer was lucky, Gotthardt added. "It was a tremendous impact. It's a testament to the structural integrity of the car," he said.

WAMU 88.5

Audiences Get A Modern Look At A 19th Century Opera

Opera as seen through the lens of Google Glass? Wolf Trap is giving audiences the chance to mix technology with Bizet’s classic "Carmen" this month.
NPR

Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food?

A new book claims the organic label can't be trusted, especially on food that's imported. Yet there is a global system for verifying the authenticity of organic food, and it mostly seems to work.
NPR

Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency

The latest version of the DISCLOSE Act, which would force donor disclosure on outside organizations that engage in election politics, is facing now-familiar opposition from Republican lawmakers.
NPR

A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We're Gone

In the digital age, our online accounts don't die with us. A proposed law might determine what does happen to them. But the tech industry warns the measure could threaten the privacy of the deceased.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.