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Monday, October 13, 2008

Fatal Car Crash on Sunrise Valley Drive

A 31-year-old Reston man died in an early-morning car crash on Sunrise Valley Drive Sunday.

A Reston man died yesterday when he apparently lost control of his car on Sunrise Valley Drive and crashed in Reston, Fairfax County police said.

Police said James R. Hammer, 31, was headed west in the 11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive between Roland Clarke Place and Colts Neck Road, about 1:19 a.m., when his 2004 Nissan Maxima left the road near a bend.

The Maxima continued across grass and struck a tree. The collision caused the car to flip and land on its roof, with Hammer trapped inside. Hammer, who was alone in the car, died at the scene, police said.

This was the 17th fatal crash in Fairfax County this year, police said.


  1. Jamie was one of my best friends, he was one of those people who was larger than life. He would give you the shirt right off his back if you needed it, he was truly a good soul. My heart aches for him and his fiance Shannon whom he left behind. I will miss him always.

  2. He was one of the kindest spirits I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. A total tragedy and the world will not be the same without him. He will be truly missed.


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