News Briefs in Centreville, Reston, Herndon

News Briefs in Centreville, Reston, Herndon


Pedestrian Dies after Jan. 8 Vehicle Crash 

Detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department’s Crash Reconstruction Unit are continuing to investigate a fatal crash that happened just before midnight, Jan. 8, on Route 29 at Forum Drive in Fair Oaks. The victim, a pedestrian, was Joel Gonzalez, 22, of Fairfax.

Police say he was crossing Route 29, from north to south, at its intersection with Forum Drive, outside of the crosswalk. According to officers, the driver of a 2004 Toyota Sienna was traveling east on Route 29, entered the intersection on a green light and “struck Gonzalez in the roadway.” He was rushed to a hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. Preliminarily, say police, “Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash.” 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Crash Reconstruction Unit at 703-280-0543. Tips may also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477).

DUI – Involuntary Manslaughter Is Charged

Fairfax County police have arrested a Manassas resident in connection with the Dec. 5 vehicular death of a Reston woman in Chantilly. Last Thursday, Jan. 20, detectives charged Rocio Miranda, 45, with driving under the influence - involuntary manslaughter. The victim was Estefania Cabrera, 29.

At 4 a.m. on Dec. 5, officers responded to a single-vehicle crash on Poplar Tree Road at Leighfield Street in Chantilly. They said Cabrera was the passenger in a 2017 Toyota Highlander driven by Miranda and traveling east on Poplar Tree.

According to police, “As the driver passed through the intersection at Leighfield Street, the Toyota drifted off the roadway to the right, striking a tree head-on. Preliminarily, detectives from our Crash Reconstruction Unit believe that speed and alcohol both appear to be factors of the crash.” 

Cabrera was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Miranda was hospitalized for treatment of injuries considered life-threatening and was later able to return home. Last week, however, she turned herself in at the Adult Detention Center, where she was processed and released on $20,000 bond.

Police Holding Valentine’s Day Sock Drive
Three years ago, a Fairfax County Police Department patrol officer at an elementary school crossing noticed that many of the children weren’t wearing any socks, even though it was extremely cold outside. He then learned that there was a great need for socks among students and began a sock drive at the Fair Oaks District Station.
And now, the FCPD will host its 4th annual Valentine’s Day Sock Drive. Last year’s event brought in more than 3,500 pairs of socks donated by area residents. Police then distributed them to local school children as a special Valentine’s Day surprise. This year. Police are also collecting underwear, since it, too, is needed.

To help, please drop off these items in the collection box in the lobby of any county police station by Monday, Feb. 7. For more information, contact MPO Reanna Jacobson at Donations may also be mailed directly to each station: 

* Fair Oaks District Police Station, c/o MPO Reanna Jacobson, 12300 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy., Fairfax, VA 22033.

* Sully District Police Station, c/o Officer Meg Hawkins, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly, VA 20151. 

New Sully District Council Officers

The Sully District Council of Citizens Associations officers for 2022 are: President, Jeff Parnes (Chantilly Highlands); Vice President, Lewis Grimm (Franklin Farm); Treasurer, Jay Johnston (Virginia Run); and Secretary, Jim Neighbors (Sully Station).

This organization, the West Fairfax County Citizens Association (WFCCA) and their joint land-use group are always looking for and eager to welcome new members and communities. For more information, contact Parnes at

Scholarship for a Civil War Buff 

Since 2013, the Bull Run Civil War Round Table has given $2,000 scholarships to Northern Virginia, high-school seniors exhibiting a passion for American history – particularly an interest in and knowledge of the Civil War. This annual award goes to a student based on an assessment of a locally based Civil War essay, high-school grades and participation, and history-teacher recommendation.

Applicants must submit a transcript demonstrating grades and courses, a written description of extracurricular activities, a picture of themselves taken at a local historical sign related to the Civil War, and a written recommendation from a history teacher at their high school.  

These submissions will be evaluated, with top candidates being interviewed by the Round Table Scholarship Committee, for the final selection of a winner. Packages may be e-mailed to, or mailed to: BRCWRT-Scholarship Team, P.O. Box 2147, Centreville, VA 20122.

The nonprofit Bull Run Civil War Round Table was established in May 1991 to unite those wishing to expand and share knowledge of the Civil War via lectures, research, field trips and active participation in the preservation of Civil War sites. For more information, go to