Vienna Woman Dies in Fall

Jazz Haaren, a 19-year-old from Vienna, died July 24 after falling from an historic waterfront structure near the Key Bridge.

Police said that Haaren “fell off the Alexandria Viaduct in Georgetown about 11:45 p.m. and landed in a boat moored in the water below… The D.C. Medical Examiner Office ruled the death accidental.”

The location of the tragedy is a landmark that dates back to the early 19th Century.  It originally carried boat traffic above the Potomac River between Georgetown and Roslyn.

The Key Bridge at left, with Roslyn in distance. The Alexandria Viaduct pier is at extreme right of photo against the river.

During the Civil war, it was reconfigured as a covered bridge carrying troops into Virginia.  In the 1930s all was demolished except for the pier in Georgetown, which became a popular gathering spot, especially for younger people.

Haaren was a student at Old Dominion University in Norfolk and lead hostess at Sweetwater Tavern in Merrifield.

She was known for her love of animals and posted many pictures of herself with bunnies, horses, dogs and cats on her Facebook page.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 17, at the National Funeral Home 7482 Lee Hwy, in Falls Church. The service starts at 11 a.m.