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Van crashes into ‘drive safely’ sign erected in memory of Lansdowne baby

Van crashes into Tristan Schulz memorial sign in Lansdowne. Courtesy Photo/Beatrix Edmunds
A van crashed Friday morning into the memorial sign erected in memory of Tristan Schulz, the Lansdowne baby killed when a car drove into his stroller.

According to Loudoun County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kraig Troxell, the crash happened just after 7:40 a.m. when the driver of a Ford Explorer was attempting to turn left from the eastbound lanes of Riverside Parkway onto Kipheart Drive and pulled into the path of a westbound Ford Econoline van. The vehicles collided in the intersection.

Due to the impact, the Ford Explorer stuck a third vehicle, a Toyota Camry that was stopped at the traffic signal on Kipheart Drive. The Ford van continued off of the roadway and struck the memorial sign for Tristan Schulz.

No injuries were reported as a result of the crash. The driver of the Ford Explorer was issued a summons for failure to yield the right of way.

VDOT has been contacted to repair the sign, Troxell said.

Five-month-old Tristan died on Aug. 31, 2016, when a car driven by John Miller IV struck his stroller, which was being pushed by Tristan's mother, Mindy. The two were crossing the Riverside Parkway and Coton Manor Drive intersection in Lansdowne.

Earlier this week, Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Sincavage granted Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman's request to drop the involuntary manslaughter charge in the case against Miller.


I drive Riverside Parkway everyday and I really don’t see too many people exceeding the speed limit by more than 5 mph.

What I do see is a frightening amount of distracted driving.

Newsworthy.  Lol

It’s obvious…folks are driving way too fast on Riverside Parkway.  Where is LPD running radar?  They sure aren’t enforcing speed limits in the town of Leesburg so where are they?

Was the driver named John Miller IV?


Time to erect a couple of concrete pillars to protect pedestrians at that intersection.

What’s the deal with that intersection?

Maybe make the “drive safely” sign bigger next time.

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