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Monday, September 13, 2010

This Week in Crime: On Foot, By Bike, and By Van: Reston Crime is a Big Pile of Sad

A cyclist suffered injuries after colliding with a car during Saturday's Reston Triathlon.

Fire and rescue vehicles came to the aid of an injured bicyclist who was involved in a crash with a motor vehicle during this morning’s Reston Triathlon. As the participants turn left on South Lakes to pedal up Ridge Heights Road toward Langston Hughes Middle School to get to the transition area at South Lakes and finish the bike portion of the race they were confronted by the sight none of like to see – a fallen athlete. In this instance, a motorist apparently pulled out into the Ridge Heights Road as a cyclist was coming up toward the schools.

The cyclist and the car collided. According to an FABB post, the biker was unconscious and, after lying immobile in the road, was taken away by ambulance.
We've heard varying accounts of the injury, ranging from "critical" to "minor." Hope the cyclist's okay. (Update: The cyclist is reportedly "doing fine.")

Meanwhile, as has been the case on South Reston's picturesque network of paths, taking a pleasure stroll around Lake Anne Plaza in the middle of the night is probably not recommended:
Police arrested a man for allegedly attempting to rob a 33-year-old man in the 1600 block of Washington Plaza around 1 a.m. on Monday, August 30. A 28-year-old man from Cameron Crescent Drive in Reston, was charged with robbery. The victim was not injured.
Also, in two separate incidents, sunglasses were stolen from a business on Baron Cameron Avenue and a residence on Chapel Cross Way. Coincidence?

Alfredo R. Prieto, convicted in 2008 for the rape and murder of Rachael A. Raver, and the murder of her boyfriend Warren H. Fulton III, both 22, in a vacant lot outside Reston in December 1988, has returned to Fairfax County for a sentencing trial as prosecutors attempt to win the death penalty for Prieto for the third time. The trial is expected to last through October.

And finally, if you were in the vicinity of the northern part of the Spectrum after lunch today, you might have seen the FedEx van that somehow managed to jump the curb and roll halfway down the hill to the Inova emergency care center parking lot. There was an ambulance on the scene, which just seems weird because, you know, the accident happened adjacent to the parking lot of an emergency care center.


  1. On a Very Special Episode of "Reston Heights"September 14, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    I have a mental picture of the paramedics getting a victim out of the van, laboriously getting him into the stretcher, putting the neck brace thingy on, strapping him in for the ride... then driving 10 feet to the front door of the emergency care center. Insurance regulations, probably.

    But seriously, it probably does sort of make sense. The Emergency Care place is indeed an emergency medical facility, but I don't think it's a trauma center set up to handle serious vehicular accidents and the like, so they'd probably have to take the victim to Reston Hospital's ER.


    WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 15, 2010


    7:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.

    Guest Speaker: Peter Deahl, ISA Certified Arborist and Founder of The Pruning School

    We will if there is time look at 10 photos of around Reston, discuss sharpening and the hazards of Lyme from unprinted bushes

  3. Anon 5:05

    Rod, Rod, Rod. Let's see, pruning which means SHARPENED INSTRUMENTS and a mention of LYME Disease. It can only be you.

    What, pray tell, is an "unprinted bush"?

  4. Latino criminals in Lake Anne Plaza? Who'da thunk it?

  5. If it was Rod it probably was a spellcheck error. It's well known that Rod's a poor speller and makes frequent use of it. He just needs to be a little more careful using the spellchecker. No crime hell I do myself! We don't need no stinking spelling police here!

    Perhaps he meant unpruned? The Lyme ticks may jump on pedestrians from the unpruned branches. Fairfax County reccomends a two foot barrier between wooded areas and safe areas and in Reston's fifty miles of wooded pathways there are bushes and limbs right up to the path or as 5:05 probably meant to say "unpruned" bushes. I'd rather not have em either. Thanks 5:05 or Rod.

  6. On May 15, 2010 Fairfax County Chairman Sharon Bulova and Providence District Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth hosted a town hall meeting on Lyme disease so serious is the increase. Here in Reston one family had four out of four family members come down with Lyme and weere issued a hunting permit by the Reston Association.


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