Barton Hill Tennis Facility Damaged by Weekend Vehicle Crash

by Dave Emke June 6, 2017 at 10:00 am 5 Comments

A Reston Association recreation area is in need of repair after a vehicle crash over the weekend.

Don Gotthardt of the Fairfax County Police Department says the incident that damaged the Barton Hill Recreation Area took place just after 6:15 p.m. Saturday.

“It appears that a black Ford Explorer hit the fence near the tennis courts,” Gotthardt said. “When officers arrived, the vehicle was unoccupied. They towed it and are most likely following up.”

The Barton Hill tennis courts have been closed for resurfacing since last week, and they were unoccupied at the time of the crash. There is a good deal of property damage that will need to be fixed, however.

“We had damage to the Barton Hill Recreation sign, a trash can was demolished and the entry gate was badly damaged,” said Mike Leone, RA’s communications director. “Our original plan was to reopen the courts June 15, but that date may change because we now have to wait for the fence contractors to provide us with a repair timeline.”

  • Community Peace Officer

    “When officers arrived, the vehicle was unoccupied.”

    Hit and Run in the Commonwealth of Virginia is a criminal offense. If you are
    involved in a motor vehicle accident that either causes an injury or
    results in damage to another person’s property, then it is illegal to
    leave the accident scene without calling the police. Such an incident is
    referred to as Hit and Run (Leaving the Scene of an Accident)
    and is prohibited by Virginia Code sections 46.2-894, 46.2-895,
    46.2-896, and 46.2-897. It is an offense that can result in serious
    consequences, ranging from a simple fine to a prison sentence, depending
    upon the severity of either the injury or the property damage.

    In Virginia, a Hit and Run accident that results in injury or attended property damage in excess of $1000 is a felony and punishable by a maximum 10 year term of incarceration and/or a fine of not more than $2,500. Misdemeanor Hit and
    Run is punishable by a maximum 12 month term of incarceration and/or
    $2,500 fine depending upon the amount of and type of property damage.
    Any conviction for Hit and Run may also suspend driving privileges and
    will assess DMV demerit points to your record.

    Q: Is RA intent in pursuing the more serious felony charges by (over)stating the damages done to the tennis courts or would they be willing to negotiate a private settlement with the individual/s involved?

    • Greg

      The RA will spend 5 times what it costs to fix the damages in analyzing the best way forward.

  • Mike M

    Thanks, Dave.

    • Reston Now

      We appreciate the tip.

  • Jenny Gibbers

    I dont think the vehicle should have been towed. I think THE VEHICLE should have stayed there and the owner should have received a grant from the local Society of the Arts. Its not like it has not been done before.



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