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Virginia may create ombudsman to help with student loans

RICHMOND – Virginia legislators are seeking to mitigate the personal and economic consequences of their constituents’ student loan debt by creating a state-level ombudsman to troubleshoot problems and educate borrowers regarding college loans.

In 2017, more than 1 million Virginians owed more than $30 billion in student loan debt, state officials say. Nationally, student loan debt is more than $1.3 trillion and climbing.

“Virginians owe more on student loans than we do on credit cards or car loans, but only student loans lack consumer protections,” said Anna Scholl, executive director of Progress Virginia, a liberal advocacy group.

This week, the Senate and House each passed bills to create the Office of the Qualified Education Loan Ombudsman and establish a Borrower’s Bill of Rights. SB 394 passed the Senate unanimously on Monday; HB 1138 cleared the House, 94-5, on Tuesday.

Supporters say the ombudsman’s office would help college students secure loans and understand how to pay them off. They said the office also would establish a culture of transparency, fairness and open communication between loan providers and borrowers.

Besides reviewing and resolving borrower complaints, the ombudsman would educate loan borrowers about their rights and responsibilities and about potential problems such as late payments.

By December 2019, the ombudsman would develop a course for borrowers, half of whom are under 25.

“Too many student borrowers sign their names on the dotted line at only 18 or 19 years old without fully comprehending their rights and responsibilities associated with that debt, but also knowing that without those loans they would not be able to earn their degrees,” said Del. Maria “Cia” Price, D-Newport News, who sponsored HB 1138.

In addition, the Senate unanimously approved SB 362, which would require companies that handle the billing and other services on student loans to obtain a license from the State Corporation Commission.

Virginia is not the first jurisdiction to experiment with measures to protect student loan borrowers. Washington, D.C., established a student loan ombudsman and Borrower’s Bill of Rights a year ago.

The bipartisan approval of the legislation marks a win for Gov. Ralph Northam, who included the creation of a student loan ombudsman among his top priorities for the 2018 session.

Price also sponsored a bill that aimed to create a state agency to help Virginians refinance their student loan debt. HB 615 was killed on a 5-3 party-line vote in a House Appropriations subcommittee.

Week five: a deal on misdemeanor-felony threshold, coal ash continues

The fifth week of session brought a furious pace to legislating including some of the most contentious bills of the session as we approached “crossover” – the day the Senate and House are required to complete action on legislation originating in each chamber.  It was mostly a successful week for me.  Twenty-one of my bills are now set to pass the Senate to be considered by the House of Delegates.

First, Governor Northam announced an agreement to raise Virginia’s threshold between misdemeanors and felonies from $200 to $500.  Once enacted, Virginia’s threshold will still be the second lowest in the United States.  I have introduced this legislation every year for nine sessions I was pleased it is finally going to be enacted into law. 

My legislation to place a 36% interest rate cap on all consumer finance loans was sent back to committee for “additional vetting” after the online lending industry retained a top Richmond lobbying firm.  Luckily, my bill re-escaped the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee with only three “no” votes and I hope it will finally pass this week.

All six of my coal ash bills were heard this week.  Ultimately, I mediated a compromise between Governor Northam, Dominion and environmental groups to continue the moratorium on closing coal ash ponds for twelve months, required Dominion to issue requests for proposal from coal ash recycling companies to recycle ash, and convene a joint committee of Senate and House members to investigate the coal ash problem over the next twelve months.  My bill also allowed the closure ponds where ash has already been removed so we do not continue to have open holes in the ground.

While I was disappointed that we did not completely resolve the issue this session, the ultimate disposition of these ponds will cost ratepayers billions of dollars and it is important to proceed carefully to both build support and make sure the correct outcome in justified.  I am hopeful that the information generated last year and over the coming months coupled with other legislators focused on resolution will help generate a consensus.   

Unfortunately, my bill to impose a four-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” for natural gas east of Interstate 95 was rereferred to the Senate Finance Committee where it died on a tie (8-8) vote.  Some members were concerned it constituted a government “taking” although similar legislation has passed in numerous states and survived numerous litigation challenges.  I will try again next year.

The Health and Education Committee passed my legislation to allow low income high school students to take online classes without paying any fees and requiring schools to provide them with computers.  I introduced the bill after I discovered Fairfax and Prince William Counties charge free and reduced lunch families fees up to $345 to take online classes and do not provide computers.  The bill will be on the floor of the Senate this week.

The Equifax data hack highlighted the vulnerability of personal information environment.  My legislation to require credit bureaus to freeze credit at no charge was amended to a $5 fee and my legislation to clarify the process for freezing children’s credit was passed.  The bill passed committee and should pass the full Senate this week. 

Finally, the Senate passed major legislation repealing the cap on electricity rates that the General Assembly enacted in 2015 due to uncertainty created by President Obama’s Clean Power Plan that the current Administration has taken steps to repeal.  While there were some parts of the bill I did not like, the legislation takes all of Dominion’s over-earnings and reinvests it into necessary grid modernization, will increase Virginia’s renewable energy production by ten-fold (500 MW to 5,000 MW), increases Dominion’s shareholders’ payments towards low-income energy assistance, directs Dominion’s profits towards $450 million of coal ash cleanup expenses, and expands Dominion’s Strategic Undergrounding Program in ways that could lead to underground power lines on U.S. 1. 

You can always reach me at scott@scottsurovell.org if you have any feedback.  It is an honor to serve as your state senator. 

At age 37, this soloist has performed in five continents. Now he’s coming to Manassas.

From the Manassas Symphony Orchestra press release on Carlos Ibay:

Internationally-acclaimed piano soloist, Carlos Ibay, to perform with the Manassas Symphony

[Manassas, VA] Piano soloist Carlos Ibay returns as special guest artist for the Manassas Symphony Orchestra’s Silver Anniversary Season in Silver Jewels on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 7:30 PM, under the baton of Music Director James Villani. Mr. Ibay is performing Piotr Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor. He last performed with the orchestra in 2000.  The concert program also includes Antonín Dvorák’s tragically beautiful Symphony No.

Mr. Ibay who have been deprived of sight from birth, has gained a world-wide reputation as both a concert pianist and a singer. His talent has reached the stages of Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Carnegie Hall in New York City, The Cultural Center of the Philippines, The Rachmaninoff Center of the Arts in Russia, The Teatro Storchi in Modena, Italy, and to the concert halls of Brazil, Australia, Israel and Cuba.  Mr. Ibay is an amazing musician, and his performance should not be missed.

The concert program also includes Antonín Dvorák’s tragically beautiful Symphony No. 7, previously performed by the MSO, as well as the beautiful La Cimarosiana  by Gian Francesco Malipiero, and The Alcotts, an interesting and not often performed piece by American composer Charles Ives.

Season subscriptions and individual concert tickets are available from the Hylton Center Box Office or by calling 888-945-2468. All children and student tickets (through college) are free.

Founded in 1992, the Manassas Symphony is the winner of the 2015 American Prize for Orchestral Performance, Community Division and is a Resident Arts Partner of the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas. The all-volunteer orchestra plays five concerts a year and is involved with many educational and civic events throughout the community. For more information on the Manassas Symphony, visit its website at ManassasSymphony.org.

 

Look twice when traveling Butler Road near Falmouth Interchange

Form the VDOT press release:

VDOT ENHANCING SAFETY ON BUTLER ROAD NEAR FALMOUTH INTERCHANGE IN STAFFORD

To reduce crash risk and driver delay, left turns from Butler Road to Carter Street and Colonial Avenue will be prohibited beginning Wednesday, Feb. 21

FREDERICKSBURG – Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 21, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will be prohibiting left turns from Butler Road to Carter Street and Colonial Avenue in Stafford County to enhance safety near the Falmouth interchange. 

To reduce the risk of crashes and driver delay on Route 1, Route 17 Business and Butler Road, left turns will no longer be possible from Butler Road to Carter Street or Colonial Avenue.

Beginning this week, crews will install message boards and signs along Butler Road to notify drivers about the new traffic pattern. All signs will remain covered until 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Prohibiting the left turns will reduce the potential of back-ups into the Route 1 intersection and on Route 17 Business. It will also reduce the potential for rear-end and sideswipe crashes.

Drivers seeking to access either Carter Street or Colonial Avenue heading east on Butler Road will need to proceed north on Route 1 at the Falmouth intersection and turn right onto Forbes Street.

An average of 17,000 vehicles a day travel on Butler Road near the Falmouth interchange, according to a 2016 traffic count.

511Virginia

Motorists can find real-time information on lane closures, work zones, traffic and other incidents on 511Virginia.

Download the  free mobile 511Virginia app for Apple and Android devices to stay connected, or visit www.511Virginia.org. Motorists also can reach 511Virginia by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.

Heart attack means new start for Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center patient

Imagine helping a person after their darkest hour. That’s the reality for the Cardiac Rehabilitation team at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.

Every day, team members work with patients who have suffered life-altering heart episodes. That’s why what they do is recognized during National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, which runs from February 11th -17th.

For Nelly Morgan, those services were vital.

Less than a year ago, the mother of five suffered a heart attack. She was 49 years old at the time and didn’t realize what was happening.

“I just thought I was having acid reflux,” says Morgan, thinking back on that night last April.

She remembers that evening clearly. “Every Sunday, my daughter and I watch ‘The Walking Dead.’ We were all excited for the season finale,” she says.

Morgan says during the show, they were watching, jumping up and down and screaming at the television. She didn’t even realize something was going wrong until she tried to go to bed.

“I have GERD, so I just thought it was acid reflux and kept drinking water.”

But after several antacids and glasses of water, Morgan wasn’t so sure. “I didn’t want to wake my husband and have him take me to the hospital. I was feeling embarrassed. What if it was just heartburn?”

But after nearly two hours and no relief, her body gave some signs she just couldn’t ignore.

“My left arm was tingling and numb,” she says. “It went from my arm to my neck to my jaw, and all of sudden I felt this weight on my chest, like 20 people were sitting on it.”

Morgan’s husband rushed her to the Emergency Department at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center in Woodbridge. When the team learned of her symptoms, she was immediately rushed back for care.

“They hooked me up to the machine and said, ‘Yes, you are having a heart attack.’ I just started crying. I thought, ‘Oh My God, I’m going to die.’”

The Prince William County resident didn’t die. Dr. Berenji, an Interventional Cardiologist with the Sentara Heart & Vascular Center, performed a Cardiac Catheterization procedure on her clogged artery. Morgan spent the next five days in the hospital before starting therapy and turning her life around with the help of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. 

At first glance, the rehab center looks like any other gym. There are treadmills, recumbent bikes, an elliptical and weights. But one thing you’ll get here that you won’t with a traditional gym is a trained team of nurses monitoring your every heartbeat and watching your every step.

“Our goal is getting those patients into a safe exercise program and returning them to their lives,” explains Pamela Rozmajzl, RN. “We have an actual program. There is a progression we go through for each patient. We assess where they are and build from there, increasing along the way.”

In addition to introducing more physical activity into a patient’s life, the rehab has an educational component to improve the quality of life with psychological, physical and educational support after a heart attack or heart procedure.

“We have various classes on everything from medications and their possible side effects to diet changes and stress management. We also educate them on how to safely progress with their exercises once they leave our 12-week program,” says Rozmajzl.

For Nelly Morgan, this was a period of mixed emotions. She reached a milestone by turning 50 but was scared of having another heart attack. She realized she had a number of risk factors, including stress and heredity.

“Heart disease runs on my father’s side of the family,” she says. “He died of a heart attack. His parents died of heart attacks. He had two older brothers and they died of heart attacks.”

Morgan thought because she was a woman she had less chance of following in the family footsteps than male relatives. But in addition to genetics, Morgan also realized her diet could have played a role in her condition.

“I used to buy frozen food. I never read the back of boxes. The sodium intake in those lunches I would eat all week…they’re small portions. You think, no big deal. But if you add up a whole week’s worth, you realize, ‘I just ate a whole box of salt!’”

Things have now changed. This full-time wife, mother and student watches her salt intake, gave up soda and has added more vegetables to her family’s life, while doing away with processed foods. As she approaches the one year anniversary of her heart attack, Nelly Morgan is a new woman. She bought a treadmill and walks in the morning and at night, and she tries to have more physical activities for the family. It’s all a part of her new heart-healthy lifestyle.

“I don’t want to miss important events in my family’s life,” she says. “I want to see my daughter graduate from high school and my twins get through kindergarten. It’s those events you want to be around for. So they (my family) play a big part in this transformation.”

And, Morgan says, she couldn’t have made this transformation without the help of the Cardiac Rehab team. “They gave me the tools to change my life and be healthier.”

To learn more about the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center or find a cardiologist near you, call 1-800-SENTARA or go to Sentara.com.

 

Brew Republic Bierwerks to host National Guard unit en route home

A National Guard unit returning from a humanitarian mission in Afghanistan will be making a pit stop at Brew Republic Bierwerks in Woodbridge. Here’s what the general manager has to say:

My name is Scott Melice, I am the general manager here at Brew Republic Bierwerks in Woodbridge, VA. We were forwarded the following article that was recently written about the MD National Guard Unit, http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-national-guard-special-ops-returning-20180125-story.html. We were contacted by the spouse of one of those brave soldiers and asked us if we would be able to host the unit on their way back from deployment. Being a veteran owned business and having one of our private investors also close with those soldiers, we of course were more than happy to accommodate their group.

They will arrive in our taproom on March 4th around 12-1 pm and staying for a couple of hours to relax and recuperate after their deployment.

 

Proposals seek to spur growth in Virginia distillery industry

RICHMOND — Virginia distillers ?may soon be toasting the General Assembly after the Senate passed a bill to let liquor manufacturers keep more of the money from selling their spirits in tasting rooms.

Currently, distilleries must sell their bottles to the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority, then buy them back at full retail price before pouring samples inside their tasting rooms. The markup averages 69 percent and can be as high as 93 percent, according to ABC.

But distilleries could keep the price markup under Senate Bill 803, introduced by Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Fredericksburg. The Senate voted 23-16 in favor of the measure Friday. It is now before the House Appropriations Committee.

ABC currently takes about 55 percent of the gross revenues that distilleries make in their tasting rooms, said Scott Harris of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company in the Loudoun County town of Purcellville. After overhead and worker pay, he said, most Virginia distilleries lose money on such operations.  

Distilleries are a growing enterprise in Virginia, which considers itself the birthplace of American spirits. After serving two terms as president, George Washington returned to Mount Vernon to brew his own whiskey.

The industry does more than $160 million a year in business in terms of creating jobs, buying agricultural products and selling spirits, according to the Virginia Distillers Association.

Still, that’s just a drop in the bucket compared with neighboring Kentucky. Distilleries there have an annual economic impact of $8.5 billion, the Kentucky Distillers Association says.

Kentucky is one of the country’s largest producers of distilled spirits and, unlike Virginia, the industry is not controlled by the state government. Harris said Virginia distilleries are hampered by a “punitive landscape.”

Curtis Coleburn, a lobbyist for the Virginia Distillers Association, said SB 803 could  spur major growth in the commonwealth’s spirits industry.

“When the distilleries make a sale, half of the money goes to the state through taxes and profits because it’s managed through ABC,” Coleburn said. “Senate Bill 803 would allow the distillers to keep more of the proceeds for sales at the distillery stores and will enable them to hire more Virginians and expand their plans and grow the industry.”

Virginia distillers say they would like to make and sell their products on their premises at the cost of production. This would allow them to have profitable tasting rooms and generate tourism, said Amy Ciarametaro, executive director for the Virginia Distillers Association.

“We have to educate our legislators that, in order for the distilled spirits industry to really be a powerful economic generator for the commonwealth — and it can be — we’ve got to make these distillery stores profit generators for their operators,” Ciarametaro said.  

Belle Isle Moonshine in Richmond does not have a store on premise, but co-founder and CEO Vince Riggi said reducing the regulations on tasting room sales would benefit all distillers in the commonwealth.  

“We want to market Virginia spirits,” Riggi said. “We want to elevate the brand and showcase it to the consumers in the state.”

 

Music in the “Air” this Sunday, as Youth Orchestras of Prince William perform

Hear from some talented youth this Sunday at Hylton Performing Arts Center. Here’s more from the press release:

Youth Orchestras of Prince William County Winter Concert Announcement
SUNDAY, February 18 at 3:00 P.M. AT THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Youth Orchestras of Prince William’s (YOPW) Music Director and Youth Symphony Orchestra interim Conductor, Mr. John Murton, will present the orchestra’s winter concert Air on Sunday, February 18 at 3 pm. Air is the second performance of the season and features all of the YOPW ensembles.

The concert includes a complementary reception and music by the YOPW Chamber Quintet at 2 p.m. in the lobby area. The main performance is scheduled to begin 3 p.m. and begins with the youngest instrumentalists, and culminates with the prestigious Youth Symphony Orchestra, a roster of some of the area’s finest rising musicians.

Tickets:

Tickets prices are $20 for adults and $12 for seniors and active/retired military. Youth, 18 and under receive free tickets. For ticket sales visit www.hyltoncenter.org

The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located at 10960 George Mason Cir, Manassas, VA 20110

About Youth Orchestras of Prince William County (YOPW)

Youth Orchestras of Prince William is celebrating its 36th year of music excellence in the Prince William County. YOPW promotes quality music education, provides a range of performance opportunities, fosters musical awareness and appreciation, and produces cultural experiences for our region. The goal of the Youth Orchestras of Prince William is to be an exceptional instrumental program for the youth of our region.

YOPW Interim Conductor John Murton is a graduate of Magdalen College, University of Oxford, and the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. His conducting credits include Assistant Conductor on the 2016 mainstage production of The Cunning Little Vixen and Conducting Fellow for the Allentown Symphony Orchestra during the 2016-2017 Season.

Bob’s Discount Furniture Woodbridge 5-day grand opening offers family fun, giveaways

Bob’s Discount Furniture is hosting a grand opening celebration from Thursday, February 15 – Monday, February 19, 2018 in honor of its new store at 14500 Potomac Mill Road, Woodbridge, VA. This will be the third Bob’s Discount Furniture store in Virginia.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Thursday at 9:45 a.m. and special appearances by Washington Redskins Alumni, Gary Clark and Ravin Caldwell will take place on Monday.

Bob’s grand opening guests will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of family fun entertainment and free giveaways throughout the weekend, including a chance to win Washington Redskins season tickets. In addition, the Bob’s Outreach team is giving away 200 copies of the new book “The Bobs and Tweets” at each store opening celebration.

In conjunction with the grand openings, the Bob’s Outreach team is donating $10,000 to local children’s charities and over $90,000 to local children’s charities and schools in the nine new communities Bob’s is launching new stores in. The principal from Mary G. Porter Traditional School, will be receiving an outreach donation for $2,500 at the grand opening ceremony.

The full schedule is as follows:

      • Check presentation on Thursday, February 15 at 9:30 a.m.
      • Ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, February 15 at 9:45 a.m.
      • Family fun entertainment:
        • Thursday and Friday, from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
        • Saturday – Monday, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
      • WASH street team appearance on Friday, February 16 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
      • Redskins Alumni appearance on Monday, February 19 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
      • Free giveaways – Washington Redskins season tickets, “Bobs and Tweets” books, T-Shirts, Ice Scrapes, and more throughout the long weekend

About Bob’s Discount Furniture

Bob’s Discount Furniture provides a wide variety of quality furnishings – including living room furniture, bedroom furniture, dining room furniture, mattresses and home accents – at everyday low prices. The stores also offer a unique and enjoyable shopping experience featuring cafes in each store with free gourmet coffee, ice cream, cookies and candy. Since 1991, Bob’s has built strong customer loyalty by offering the highest-value home furnishings at the lowest possible prices. With 98 furniture stores located throughout New England, Delaware, California, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin, the Manchester, Conn.-based company has become the 12th-largest U.S. furniture chain and proudly holds an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Bob’s is committed to supporting communities where its stores are located through a variety of charitable giving efforts. Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation has anchored the company’s philanthropic work for more than 20 years. In addition, the Bob’s Outreach program was created as a separate entity to help schools and children-related charities. The company donates more than $2.75 million to charities through these programs each year. For more information on Bob’s charitable programs, visit http://www.bobscares.org.

LOVE is in the air at Potomac Mills as sculpture is about to be unveiled

The public is invited for the unveiling of Virginia’s newest LOVE sculpture and a celebration of travel and tourism to be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 . The sculpture will be unveiled at Potomac Mills, 2700 Potomac Mills Circle, Woodbridge, VA, 22192.

The LOVEworks program is a state-wide branding initiative, designed to promote historic life experiences and destinations in Virginia. The sculpture will resemble other LOVE sculptures throughout the Commonwealth, such as the one in historic Manassas.

Tourism is an instant revenue generator for Virginia. In 2016, tourism generated $24 billion in revenue, supported 230,000 jobs and provided $1.7 billion in state and local taxes for the Commonwealth.

Potomac Mills is Virginia’s largest outlet mall, located minutes from the heart of Washington D.C. The center features an indoor shopping experience with more than 200 stores, including Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, kate spade new york and Nike Clearance Store. Shoppers can also enjoy quality dining and entertainment from any of the Mills’ 25 eateries and 18 Theatre AMC. Located immediately off of I-95, Potomac Mills serves the Washington, D.C. / Northern Virginia region and also welcomes guests from all over the world.

For more information, please call 703-496- 9330.

Manassas 7-Eleven robbed at gunpoint, search for suspect continues

From the Prince William police press release:

Armed Robbery – On February 12 at 9:02PM, officers responded to the 7-Eleven located at 10420 Portsmouth Rd in Manassas (20109) to investigate a robbery. The employee reported to police that a male wearing a mask entered the store and brandished a handgun toward the employee. The suspect forced the employee to open the cash register to obtain money before fleeing the business on foot. No injuries were reported. A Prince William County police K-9 and helicopter from Fairfax County Police responded to search for the suspect who was not located. The investigation continues.   

Suspect Description:

    Male of an unknown race or age, 5’07”, 220lbs with a medium build

    Last seen wearing a red bandanna covering his face, black jacket with a hoodie, blue jeans, and black and white shoes with white soles

Suspect in fatal Gainesville crash charged

From the Prince William police press release:

Fatal Crash Investigation *DRIVER ARRESTED – Investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit have charged the driver involved in the fatal crash in Gainesville that killed a 38-year-old man of Warrenton on February 12. The accused was located shortly after 1:00PM that afternoon by deputies from the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office walking along a roadway. The accused was not injured and was detained without incident. Speed and alcohol use are believed to be contributing factors in the collision. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on February 12:

Vicente Martir VIDES VASQUEZ, 21, of the 300 block of Jackson St in Warrenton

Charged with involuntary manslaughter, hit & run causing death and driving without a license

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Fatal Crash Investigation [Previously Released] – On February 12 at 2:42AM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the area of James Madison Hwy and Thoroughfare Rd in Gainesville (20155) to investigate a single vehicle crash. The investigation revealed a 2001 Toyota 4-Runner was traveling northbound on James Madison Hwy in the above area when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle left the roadway and struck an embankment causing the vehicle to roll multiple times. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene prior to officers arriving in the area. A backseat adult male passenger was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of injuries sustained from the crash. A front seat adult male passenger was wearing a seatbelt and sustained minor injuries. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment and has since been released. A Prince William County police K-9 and helicopter assistance from Fairfax County Police responded to search for the driver who was not immediately located. The suspected driver of the vehicle was located at approximately 1:00PM on February 12 by deputies from the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office. The driver will be interviewed by Prince William County police investigators regarding the crash. The investigation is continuing.

Victims Identified:

The passenger killed is identified as Jose Nelvin ROMERO MALDONADO, 38, of Warrenton

The front passenger is identified as a 30-year-old man of Warrenton.

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