UPDATED: Driver Runs Car Off Wiehle Avenue and Into Lake Anne

by Jennifer van der Kleut November 16, 2016 at 7:37 pm 27 Comments


(Updated on Nov. 17 at 8 p.m.) Someone drove their car off of Wiehle Avenue and ended up in Lake Anne late Wednesday afternoon, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

The driver. a 45-year-old man, and one passenger, a 7-year-old girl, were able to escape the car with no injuries, thanks to the help of Good Samaritans walking by, but the car was completely submerged in the lake, police said.

Due to how early darkness falls in November, police decided to wait until the next morning to remove the car from the lake.

Fairfax County Police divers began working to remove the car from the lake sometime before 9:50 a.m. Thursday morning.

Officers posted photos and videos to Facebook of the dive team’s efforts to pull the car from the lake Thursday afternoon. Members of the Reston Association staff also posted photos to Facebook:

Photo via Reston Association

  • Jenny Gibbers
    • Mike M

      Thanks for, . . . uh, . . . clearing that up, hon. Might wanna step back your meds a bit.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    Yikes! I used to live on Inlet. Horrible curve there, but I don’t remember anyone ever ending up in the lake from the road – just from the boat ramp or the dock.

    • Nils

      What happens is that people speed around that curve and catch their tires on the storm drain collar right there at the Inlet Connector bus-stop. Then they hit the guardrail along the dam and are either stopped by that or go through. It happens relatively frequently, all things considered.

      Between the two of them, the most dangerous corners/intersections in Reston are at Inlet and then Fairway, mainly because people speed around those corners. I asked the county supervisor once about it years ago, and apparently the county tried to put a light at Fairway but–get this–somebody hit it, so they took it out and didn’t bother trying again.

      • TheKingJAK

        People just need to slow down. I’ve seen cars flying by at over 60 MPH in that area. It wouldn’t surprise me if some commuters are hitting 70 MPH on some portions of the roadway. We’ve always had some problems with bad drivers on Wiehle, but the Metro station has made it worse. Maybe we should just install a car ramp into the lake.

        • Nils

          I think part of the blame for that lies in the speed limit changing four times between Rte. 7 and Whiele, so people just kind of blow it off. Don’t even get me started on the metro station. It’s snarled up so much on Whiele and Sunset Hills.

    • Nils

      The blind curve there has never been very safe. When we were kids, we were always pretty wary about waiting there for the bus since you couldn’t see oncoming southbound traffic.

      • Arielle in NoVA

        When was this? Wondering if we were living there around the same time.

        • Nils

          This would have been in the early 2000s.

          • Arielle in NoVA

            Ah, no. By then, I was living in the house where I am now. I last lived there in the early ’90s.

  • JohnQPublic

    Damn Kalypsos happy hour

    • German Carrasco

      Hey JohnPubichair contrary to common belief, not everything bad that happens in Reston is caused by Kalypsos. And we are not even mexican #blamethemexican

      • Mike M

        John has a sense of humor. You don’t. Let me know what else i can clear up, Herr Safety Pin.

        PS: Not sure I’ve ever seen a Mexican patron at Kalypso’s.

  • Greendayer

    Maybe the RA can negotiate to buy it, sight unseen, for $1 million

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Like Ted Kennedy, if they had drove a 1960’s era Volkswagen bug, there wouldn’t have been a problem.

  • L.D.D

    Have you seen my auto-mobile…”Lake” …big lake

  • Ming the Merciless
  • 30yearsinreston

    How about some street lights ?

  • TheKingJAK

    Far too many drivers speed along this portion of Wiehle, and you know there’s a problem when even SUVs are doing 15-20 MPH over the speed limit. People need to slow down and pay attention.

  • Mike M

    I am glad no one was hurt. But I’d like to think I was more careful when chauffeuring my daughters around at that age.

  • Ming the Merciless

    Ming simply observes reality. Yes, Ming knows the Left finds the concept of reality strange and disturbing, and considers any discussion of reality unacceptable. But Ming is not responsible for your disordered mental processes.

  • Tony Kish

    In all sincerity, when will clean up of the oil and gas begin and who will pay for that? There’s a nice sheen on the water by Lake Anne Village.


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