This Week in Arlington

This Week in Arlington

<sh>Woman Hit By Car in Mall Garage

<bt>An 80-year-old woman who was hit by a car last Friday in the Ballston Commons Mall parking garage died from her injuries on Monday, Jan. 8, police said.

Elizabeth North of Arlington was walking on the fourth level of the garage when Anh-Tuyet Pham struck her at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Jan. 5, said Police Spokesman John Lisle.

Pham, 45, of Fairfax Station was making a left turn at the top of a garage ramp when she hit North, Lisle said. North suffered severe trauma to the head and was transported to George Washington University Hospital. Three days later she succumbed to her injuries.

According to Lisle, Pham remained on the scene after the accident and has been charged with one count of reckless driving. Police are consulting with Commonwealth’s Attorney but do not expect to file additional charges, Lisle added.

<sh>Kaine Gives Arlington BRAC Grant

<bt>Gov. Tim Kaine (D) announced last week he is awarding Arlington $420,000 to help open a transition center in Crystal City to mitigate the effects of the federal Base Realignment and Closure process.

Over the course of the next decade an estimated 17,000 defense workers and private contractors will leave leased office space in Ballston, Crystal City, Pentagon City and Rosslyn. Arlington will lose nearly 8 percent of its total workforce and almost 4.2 million square-feet of office space, including 30 percent of room in Crysal City, will be vacated.

The transition center in Crystal City is expected to supply job placement assistance, retraining and career advice to small contractors and local entrepreneurs.