Yesterday, something terrible happened on Little Falls Road in Arlington. Jennifer Lawson, a 39-year-old mother of three, was struck and killed by a dump truck outside Nottingham Elementary School. She was helping one of her kids in or out of her minivan.

According to local residents interviewed by NBC 4, cars speed through the area all the time. One of those locals was Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner, who wants speed bumps added to slow traffic down. The TV crew didn’t seem to know who he was.

Perhaps Arlington can heed Karl’s advice and prevent another unnecessary death.

Thanks to @elizqueenmama for first sending us the story.

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  • VeggieTart

    Wonder if someone should tell them….

  • Ian Hopper


  • Hockey mom

    This was a terrible incident. This is my neighborhood and my kids go to that school. I didn’t know the mother, but can only imagine what that family is going through…

    The fact that they happened to catch KA for an interview is ironic, only because he just moved into the neighborhood less than a month ago…

  • SO_CAL_Brat

    I don’t think he wants that sort of attention given the situation. This isn’t about Karl Alzner the hockey player. This is a man concerned about his neighborhood. I think they may have known but decided not to distract from the point of the story out of respect for this woman’s family.

  • JenniferH

    Ugh, so heartbreaking. And, yeah, pretty obvious they had no clue who he was.

  • elizqueenmama

    This story is completely heartbreaking (says this hockey mom of three little girls).
    When I (and a couple others) noted Alzner’s identity on twitter last night to Shomari Stone (the journalist) he responded “I randomly stopped car. I didn’t know who he was. Photog told me when he drove away”

  • ArlMom

    Huge thumbs up to Karl for speaking on the issue. My son had noted it when he saw the news this AM. This is my kid’s school and I’ve parked in that same spot many times but the traffic along there is scary for a school zone at any time of the day. Here’s hoping APD finally takes parent/school complaints seriously and focuses on additional traffic calming in front of the school as KA advises.

  • Diller M

    I love you guys, really I do, but this last 2+ weeks on RMNB is seriously bumming me out

  • Eric

    @ian_hopper:disqus, you actually think that this is #hockeytown. You must be outside your mind you aren’t even an original 6 team. Also you have never won a Stanley Cup. Get out of here with that “hockeytown” garbage half the people who root for the capitals don’t even know the rules of hockey.

  • Golly Girl

    Terrible story, but I loved that the caption below his name this morning was “Concerned Driver”. MOAR Karl, please!

  • aja

    I’m pretty sure he’s being sarcastic…

  • Björn Jessen

    Now thats not very nice.. You sir, are an a**hole..

  • Ryan Odell

    It’s okay everyone, just another person who doesn’t get stuff.

  • It’s a good thing that WRC identified Karl Alzner as just someone in the neighborhood…but what are the odds that the WRC crew would find him driving through the area at the time? The WaPo has also noted the irony.

  • LebCapsFan

    Eric doesn’t get sarcasm…

  • Eric’s Fat Wife

    how is this even relevant to the tragic story? no one cares you fucking moron

  • smyersva

    I saw the interview on TV (muted) and started laughing when I saw the name – totally random interview candidate hours after the incident and its a local sports figure that they didn’t recognize.

  • Karina Saint

    You’re an evil evil person to post your assenine comment on this post. Be thankful no one you love got hit by a dump truck.

  • really?

    That’s called tasteful reporting. Does anything about Karl Alzner playing for the Caps influence that story in any way? Does it matter that a Capitals players drives by the scene of the accident everyday? No it doesn’t, it has nothing to do with the story and is not relevant. No one should care what a professional athlete says about a tragic accident, but people should take into account when a responsible member of society re-enforces the point that the community already knows that part of road to be unsafe.

    Kudos to NBC4 for taking that into account and not running that Karl is on the Caps defense and taking away from the larger story.

    RIP Jennifer

  • It seems like you’re arguing against a person who doesn’t exist. I haven’t seen anyone chastising NBC4 for not identifying him and I think most people agree that putting “Professional athlete” in the chyron would’ve been inappropriate.

  • really?

    “The TV crew didn’t seem to know who he was.”

    Maybe I missed something (and that is entirely possible), but did NBC4 say that they didn’t realize who KA was later? It sounds like you are just calling them out for not realizing who KA is, not taking into account that might have been a calculated decision.

  • If we were calling them out, it would’ve been written very differently.

  • Diller M
  • really?

    You did call them out. I just copy and pasted it.

  • VirginiaPatriot

    What you copied and pasted was a simple statement of fact. What I derived from reading this RMNB post is that Karl Alzner had some important points that should be seriously considered by the local government. My definition of “calling someone out” is greatly different than yours.

  • VirginiaPatriot

    As noted in an above comment, his cameraman told him after KA drove away.

  • Jonathan Bloom

    dang i’ve seen this woman running in my neighborhood. Rest in Peace.

  • really?

    How is that a statement of fact? That’s the whole point of what I’m saying. You think that they didn’t seem to realize who they were interviewing, I think they did realize who KA was but chose not to acknowledge it. At the end of the day, no one knows what the thought process was outside of the reporter and the camera man. No big deal, I just want to give credit to NBC if they are in fact deserving.

  • That’s really, really sad. The whole thing really upset me when I first saw the story last night.

  • Hockey mom

    In case anyone wants to help the family:


    This is truly a “it so easily could have been me story” that is just so hard to comprehend…

    Hug your loved ones, folks, your next minute is never guaranteed.

  • VeggieTart

    Oh, geez, I’m so sorry.

  • VeggieTart

    That comment may have been made after I posted, and you’re right that in this context, it is Karl Alzner, concerned citizen (who just happens to be a professional athlete).

  • Myan

    Northern VA does need to do something about the combination of narrow roads around schools. My boyfriend went to DJO (also on Little Falls Road) and he got hit by a car riding his bike home from school. The city needs to put in speed bumps or at least strictly enforce a lower speed limit.

  • Chris Cerullo

    Karl did a really nice job in this

  • Ken Young

    Pretty sure if this were a statement from a Redskin it would have been noted by NBC.

  • Freedoooom

    I highly doubt a dump truck could stop that close going even 25 MPH.

  • RT23

    But based on the comment you linked below where the reporter says the “photog told me when he pulled away” the reporter did know who he was when he did the voice over and I think he made the right choice to use his name but not refer to the Caps. They didn’t name the other woman interviewed. I think they did it just right. They identified KA so no one would think that the entire station is clueless about a relatively famous local hockey player but they just left it at that. Tasteful reporting.

  • Holtby Fan (Katie)

    This is so sad. So sad this happened in front of her son. Hoping he’s too young to remember this awful tragedy. Praying for her children and family.

  • Do you mean the subject matter bums you out or the fact that the staff chose to write about these topics? I agree that the bad outcomes in the Olympics and this really tragic story are definitely sad and bum me out too.

    But just in case you mean the fact that they chose these topics… I disagree. I think RMNB does a great job covering the Caps on and off the ice. It’s a one-stop shop for anything having to do with them. Some of us really like the non-hockey articles.

    Also, the Olympic break is sort of like the off season… not as much Caps stuff to write about. I think the writers did an awesome job covering the hockey when there wasn’t as much to write about (and certainly not a lot of good news for our Caps Olympians).

    Keep up the great work guys!

  • VirginiaPatriot

    Hey “really?” No worries. I probably wasn’t clear on what I was trying to say. The fact is, Shomari had no idea who Karl Alzner was. Maybe the producers did yet decided for the final “package” not to make any fuss about it being Alzner, It is such a tragic story, that to me the issue of them not recognizing Alzner is a non-issue for this story. Any other time I’d be blasting the media for their lack of knowledge about the Capitals. For me, the focus here is that poor woman and her family. So incredibly sad.

  • Diller M

    The subjec matter…