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Albemarle County police also confirmed a DNA sample from Mr. Washington matches that from the 2004 sexual assault.

Virginia woman dead, 18 injured in crash

A woman from Arlington was killed and 18 persons were hurt in a four-car crash on Interstate 95 in Delaware, state police said.

Meghan Kieffer, 23, was killed Thursday night when a van slammed into the car in which she was a back-seat passenger, police said. That crash started a chain-reaction collision that involved two other vehicles on I-95.

Police said 18 persons were taken to hospitals for evaluation, although not all of them needed treatment.

The crash occurred as cars were stopped in heavy traffic around 9:30 p.m. near the I-95 Newark Toll Plaza.

Police charged the van driver, Hai Lin, 27, of Tennessee, with operating a vehicle causing death. He was being held in a Delaware jail in lieu of bail.


Gesture tied to gangs nixed from campaign

Virginia is still for lovers, but the state’s tourism agency will eliminate images of people making heart symbols with their hands in its upcoming ad campaign because the gesture is also used by a violent street gang.

The Virginia is for Lovers “Live Passionately” campaign will remove images of models making the hand gesture, which shows thumbs and index fingers formed into a heart.

Virginia Tourism Corp. officials said yesterday that it is one of several signs associated with the Gangster Disciples, a Chicago-based group known for its large-scale crack-cocaine operations.

The agency’s president, Alisa Bailey, said the intent was to signify the state’s longtime tourism slogan, “Virginia is for Lovers.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports