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Collision claims 2 lives, hospitalizes 2 others

A mother and daughter are dead, and two others have been hospitalized, after a three-vehicle collision in the City of Fairfax.

Those hospitalized, which includes another of the deceased’s daughter, remained in critical condition Thursday, according police.

Dejon L'Air Williams, 27, of Cross Junction was killed shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday when the 2001 Honda Civic sedan she was driving struck a 2002 Honda Odyssey minivan pulling out of a parking lot off Lee Highway near Jermantown Road, according to police.

“The Civic caught fire, and was extinguished before rescue teams arrived by a passing motorist who had a fire extinguisher,” said Lynn Coulter, Fairfax County Police spokeswoman.

The driver of the minivan, Mamidullah Nabizada, 38, of Woodbridge was transported to the hospital, as was Williams’ 7-year-old daughter, Victoria Williams.

Williams’ 5-year-old daughter, Faith Williams, also was transported to the hospital and later died.

Williams struck another vehicle just prior to the fatal accident and speed was a factor in the crash, according to police.

“The driver sideswiped a vehicle while passing on the left. The driver then struck a median strip and continued east on Lee Highway at a high rate of speed,” police said in a news release.

Court records show Williams had a history of moving violations, including reckless driving and driving on a suspended license.

The fatal crash was the first in the City of Fairfax in 2012. The previous fatal crash, which involved a pedestrian, happened on Dec. 30.

Dunn Loring man dies from fire-related injuries

The first Fairfax County fire fatality in nearly two years has occurred in Dunn Loring.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue officials said firefighters responded to a fire around 9:45 p.m. May 24 at an apartment building in the 1800 block of Old Meadow Road. Firefighters said they encountered a light haze, and a fire that had been extinguished by a passing neighbor in a second floor apartment upon their arrival.

Officials said an elderly adult male was transported to Washington Hospital Center’s Burn Unit with life-threatening burns. Carroll Adams, 91, later succumbed to his injuries.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. While cooking at the stove, Adams’ clothing caught fire, they said. Property damage is estimated at $2,000

Officials said this was the first fire fatality in Fairfax County since September 2010.

Police charge Centreville woman with false report

City of Fairfax Police have charged a 27-year-old Centreville area woman with making a false police report regarding a robbery and assault.

Police said the case began on April 16 when the woman reported that after withdrawing money from the Wells Fargo Bank branch, 10501 Main St., she was approached by a man who grabbed her, ripped open her shirt and snatched the money envelope from her hand.

According to police, an investigation determined the circumstances described did not occur, and the woman had not been in the bank, nor did she have an account there.

A warrant was obtained charging Jennifer Christian Tate of the 6000 block of Skylemar Trail with making a false report to a law enforcement officer.

This past week, Tate was taken into custody by Fairfax County Police and transported to the Adult Detention Center, where she was served with the warrant and released on $2,500 secured bond.

“We actively encourage citizens to report any circumstances in which a crime may have been committed,“ said Col. Richard J. Rappoport, City of Fairfax Chief of Police. “We investigate all such reports thoroughly. However, when we find that an individual has knowingly provided us with false information, we will seek prosecution. We believe that prosecution of false reports is important to protect the credibility of real victims, especially women who have been sexually assaulted and who are making accurate reports of criminal incidents.”

Cigarette causes $50K damage to Alexandria home

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue officials say a discarded cigarette is responsible for a fire causing $50,000 in damage.

Firefighters responded to a townhouse fire around 10 p.m. May 27 in the 4300 block of Gypsy Court in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County.

Firefighters brought the fire under control in about 10 minutes, officials said.

There were no injuries, but two adults and one child were displaced.

Fire officials said the cause of the fire was a cigarette improperly disposed into a planter on the rear of the second story deck of the home.

Lightning strikes Oakton home

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue officials say lightning caused an Oakton home to catch fire, causing nearly $200,000 worth of damage.

Officials said firefighters responded to a house fire around 10:20 p.m. June 1 in the 3100 block of Trenholm Drive.

Firefighters brought the fire under control in about 15 minutes, officials said.

The occupants escaped unharmed prior to firefighters arriving. Two adults have been displaced. Damage is estimated at $195,000.