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Mason District Station Officer Injured in Collision Remains in Stable Condition

The officer was injured Thursday in a head-on collision that killed the other driver.

The Fairfax County police officer from the Mason District station involved in last Thursday's fatal head-on crash remains hospitalized Monday at an area hospital.

[Read more on Patch: Man Dies After Head-On Crash with Police Car]

According to Lucy Caldwell, public information officer with the Fairfax County Police Department, the officer remains in stable condition.

The officer, whose name has not been released, was injured in a head-on collision car crash that killed 40-year-old Cicero I. Limberea Thursday morning after police responded to a 911 complaint in the 4800 block of Tapestry Drive around 12:30 a.m.

A previous report from the police stated a man fled the scene after police stopped by a home on Tapestry Drive in response to a domestic call. Caldwell said police spotted a man pulling away from the home in his vehicle. The man stopped and spoke to the officer, but drove away when the officer asked him to step out of the vehicle.

The officer was traveling westbound on Little River Turnpike when Limberea, who was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes, struck the police cruiser head-on. Limberea was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash blocked both directions of Route 236 Little River Turnpike and the I-495 ramps for several hours Thursday morning before rush hour.

Several community members have asked how they can help the officer and his family.

"[The community's] sentiments of concern are very much appreciated by the entire Mason District and the rest of the police department," said Caldwell.

Fairfax Lodge 77, a local chapter of the National Fraternal Order of Police, has established a rehabilitation fund for the officer through PayPal. Those who wish to donate can do so by visiting the donation page and clicking the "donate" button on the left of the screen. To submit by mail, all donations can be sent to the Fairfax Lodge 77 local office at: 1921 Gallows Rd, Suite 750 Vienna, Va 22182. Checks can be made out to FOP Fairfax Lodge 77 memo: Mason Station officer donation.

Donations can also be dropped off at any Fairfax County district station.

Those who donate via PayPal will receive an email confirming their donation was received. If you donate via check or mail in your donation, you will receive a letter confirming receipt of your donation.

A letter from Fairfax Lodge 77 President Mike Scanlon on the website states all funds will go toward assisting the officer in this recovery.

"This is the only account established with the blessing of the officer’s family and ONLY dedicated to this officer. We will not be soliciting over the phone or flyer. The funds collected in this account will be used to assist with offsetting the cost associated with the long-term rehabilitation that he and his family will have to go through," the letter states. "This is a dedicated officer and a dedicated community servant and family member. He is worthy of any assistance that can we can afford him."

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  • Capt. Lee: Injured Mason District Officer 'Has Long Recovery Road Ahead'

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Editor's note: This article has been updated to include collection information for a fund established for the officer as he recovers.

Sherell Williams (Editor) March 04, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Just a heads up to our readers: a rehabilitation fund has been established for the officer. I've updated this story to reflect that and included the information for all of those interested that was not in the previous version of this story.
Alan March 12, 2013 at 10:34 PM
The officer has been identified as Long "Junior" V. Dinh. His name was revealed by FCPD and Fairfax Lodge 77 yesterday. I found a blog setup by his family & friends: http://valorspotlight.org/ Donate to Officer Dinh's Rehabilitation: http://www.fairfaxlodge77.com/community/dinh/
Sherell Williams (Editor) March 12, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Hi Alan, I have written an update to this story and it will post on the site shortly today as soon as it's edited. We've included all the information, which was also sent out yesterday. Thanks for reading!

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