Woman dies after traffic crash on Mount Vernon Avenue

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Woman dies after traffic crash on Mount Vernon Avenue
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Updated 4:30 p.m. December 5

Police announced the driver involved in the crash, Karin Sheire, 77, of Montana, was arrested and charged with failure to yield to pedestrians and released on summons the evening of the crash.

Members of the police’s crash reconstruction team are investigating the incident and will determine any additional charges in consultation with the Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

By Chris Teale (File photo)

A pedestrian struck by a car at the intersection of Mount Vernon Avenue and West Glebe Road last week has died from her injuries, police announced yesterday.

Rosemarie Cruz, 49, of Alexandria, was hit December 1 at the intersection on the border of the Del Ray and Arlandria neighborhoods.

Officers from the Alexandria Police Department responded to the area at approximately 5:10 p.m. after reports of the crash. The initial investigation indicated Cruz was crossing the street when a 77-year-old woman struck her with her vehicle.

The driver remained on the scene, while Cruz was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. She later died from those injuries.

Cruz worked at Market 2 Market in Del Ray. Larry and Christine Ponzi, the business’ owners, started to raise money Friday to help her family with expenses, with a goal of raising $100,000 through online fundraising tool GoFundMe.

“Rose is a very special person who is both family and friend to us, our staff and many of our patrons at Cafe Pizzaiolo, St Elmos and Market to Market,” the Ponzis wrote.

Members of the police’s crash reconstruction team are investigating the incident. The investigation is ongoing. Alexandria Police ask that witnesses or people with information regarding this incident contact Sergeant Greg Holden at 703-746-6184.

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