Community Holds Vigil for Lansdowne Infant and Mother

About 50 people gathered tonight for a vigil at the intersection where this morning a 5-month-old boy was killed and his mother seriously injured in a crosswalk car accident.

Sheriff's deputies closed down a section of Riverside Parkway in Leesburg for the vigil. (Renss Greene/Loudoun Now)
Sheriff’s deputies closed down a section of Riverside Parkway in Leesburg for the vigil. (Renss Greene/Loudoun Now)

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office blocked off a section of Riverside Parkway near Lansdowne as people gathered to talk, console each other, and leave gifts and memorials by the street crossing.

The mother and infant were struck by a Jeep Grand Cherokee while taking a morning stroll, according to LCSO spokesman Kraig Troxell. Sheriff Michael Chapman said the adult male driver “apparently didn’t see her” and that “as far as accidents go, this is just tragic.”

[Read more about the accident here.]

At the vigil, neighbors, parents, and students at nearby schools comforted each other and grieved as a community. By the end of the vigil, the traffic signal poles at the corner of Riverside Parkway and Coton Manor Drive were piled high with flowers, cards, and toy stuffed animals, and a blanket was covered in prayers and well-wishes written in marker.

A GoFundMe page has been created to raise money for the family. Visit the page here.

Two signal poles were piled high with flowers and toy stuff animals by the end of the vigil. (Renss Greene/Loudoun Now)
Two signal poles were piled high with flowers and toy stuff animals by the end of the vigil. (Renss Greene/Loudoun Now)
A blanket is covered in prayers and messages of comfort from vigil attendees. (Renss Greene/Loudoun Now)
A blanket is covered in prayers and messages of comfort from vigil attendees. (Renss Greene/Loudoun Now)

rgreene@loudounnow.com
@RenssGreene

2 thoughts on “Community Holds Vigil for Lansdowne Infant and Mother

Leave a Reply