At Least 2 Dead in Fairfax Storms

Two people in Fairfax County died in drowning accidents following yesterday’s (Thursday) heavy, sudden rainfall.

Jake Donaldson, 12, was reported missing around 6 p.m., believed to have been swept away by flood waters in his backyard in the 9700 block of Marcliff Court. Numerous police and fire personnel responded to the scene in the torrential downpour to search for the boy. His body was found around 8 p.m. in Piney Branch Creek at Lawyers Road.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident.

In another incident at around 7 p.m., police and emergency personnel responded to an apparent drowning of a 67-year-old man. He had been driving his Toyota Yaris in rising waters near Beech Mill Road at Club View Drive. The man, Arsalan Hakiri, was swept downstream in his car. As he apparently tried to get out, he was swept into the creek and drowned near Carrwood Drive.

Detectives from the Crash Reconstruction Unit are continuing to investigate the incident.

Police remind drivers not to drive into flooded streets.  The depth of flooding can be deceptive and cars can be quickly swept away by even a slight current.

Parents should keep an eye on children for the next several years, as many normally-dry areas are underwater.  The water is quite deep in many stormwater retention ponds.  Also, stormwater can contain animal and human wastes, industrial toxins, lawn chemicals and other potentially harmful chemicals.

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