Spellers on stage

Eleven students from Northern Virginia are competing in the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee. From left, Simran Patibanda, Aditya Chezhiyan and Haylie Brimhall compete in the second round of the competition on Tuesday, May 29. Photos provided

A quick look at some of the top news and notes this morning.

5. Fatal wreck early Wednesday

One person died in a wreck on the Prince William Parkway early Wednesday. The single-vehicle crash was first reported shortly before 3 a.m. in the area of Scenic Pointe Place.

The driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle and died at the scene, according to police. All westbound lanes were closed for the crash investigation, but have since reopened.

4. More fog as rain pushes back into forecast

Areas of fog will affect the Washington metro area through the morning commute, according to the National Weather Service. This fog will be locally dense, and drivers should slow down and use low beam headlights in fog conditions.

Showers and thunderstorms are possible Wednesday afternoon and likely overnight, with wet weather likely again Thursday.

Search your zip code on our weather page for the latest local forecast.

3. Fatalities down during 2018 Memorial Day weekend

Virginia experienced its fewest number of traffic deaths during the 2018 Memorial Day weekend in at least the past five years, according to Virginia State Police.

Preliminary reports indicate six traffic deaths occurred on Virginia highways between Friday and Monday, VSP spokesperson Corinne Geller said. None of the fatalities were reported on highways in Northern Virginia.

As a result of troopers’ increased presence on the highways during the heavily-traveled holiday weekend, 99 impaired drivers were arrested and charged with DUI. In addition, state troopers cited 8,004 speeders and 2,360 reckless drivers. State police also cited 1,038 occupant restraint violations, with 210 of those issued to adults for failing to safely secure a juvenile passenger in a child safety seat, booster seat or seat belt.

2. Spellers advance in national competition

All 11 Northern Virginia students competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Tuesday correctly spelled their word on stage. They’ll be among 452 spellers returning to the stage Wednesday for Round 3 of the competition, which will begin airing at 8 a.m. on ESPN3.

Local spellers include Simran Patibanda, a student at Graham Park Middle School  sponsored by InsideNoVa Prince William.

Here is the list of the local spellers and the word they answered correctly Tuesday:

  • 470. Simran Patibanda, Triangle: triton
  • 419. Anoushka Upadhye, Ashburn: mellisugent
  • 448. Samantha Ho, Fredericksburg: ledeburite
  • 454. Haylie Brimhall, Montclair: annulet
  • 462. Eric Kim, Annandale: antithetical
  • 479. Vishal Vinjamuri, Ashburn: churrasco
  • 496. Daniel Fordham, Fredericksburg: modinha
  • 500. Fetin Hussain, Oakton: wisent
  • 509. Aditya Chezhiyan, Bristow: carotid
  • 514. Elliott Lee, McLean: pilates
  • 515. Sreeram Pillai, Herndon: forastero

1. New view to open in Rosslyn

The Observation Deck at CEB Tower is expected to open June 21 in Rosslyn, reports WTOP.

The observation deck is on the 31st floor of the tallest building inside the Beltway and has 360-degree views of D.C., Maryland and Virginia. (WTOP)


Reston Pride Festival will be held from 2-6 p.m. June 2 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston, 1625 Wiehle Avenue. The family-friendly, alcohol-free event will feature 10 performers, 35 booths and exhibits, food, music and more.

Search more local events and post your event for free at the InsideNoVa calendar.


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