Daniel E. Kilcullen, Jr., City Resident, Killed in Traffic Collision

Driver suffered heart failure; was former FBI agent, worked for NCIS and DIA.

An Alexandria man was killed in a crash Tuesday night.
An Alexandria man was killed in a crash Tuesday night.

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a fatal traffic collision that occurred at 700 S. Pickett Street on Tuesday night. 

At approximately 7 p.m., a vehicle traveling southbound on S. Pickett Street crossed into oncoming traffic and struck several vehicles before stopping when the car hit an electrical pole.

The driver, Daniel E. Kilcullen, Jr., 65, a City resident, was found deceased inside the vehicle. The accident is still under investigation. According to his obituary he suffered heart failure while driving.

He was preceded in death by his son, Kevin Sheehan Paparella; father, Daniel E. Kilcullen Sr., and sister, ColleenKilcullen. He is survived by his wife, Maureen Sheehan Paparella Kilcullen of Alexandria; children, Colleen Sheehan Paparella Ganjian (Ali) of Alexandria, Ryan Kilcullen (Shannon) of California, and Erin Kilcullen of Colorado. He also leaves his granddaughter, Caroline Sheehan Ganjian of Alexandria, as well as Carson Kilcullen of California; his mother, Merle Kilcullen of Missouri, and his brother, Kevin Kilcullen of Missouri. Kilcullen leaves behind cousins, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, two great nieces in Ireland, brothers and sisters-in-law, and many friends and colleagues.

Kilcullen is a graduate of the University of Missouri- St. Louis and earned a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He was the director of a children's home before embarking on a 22-year career as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). After retiring in 2005, Dan accepted a contract position at the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) for five years, and during the past two years, at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).

Family and friends will gather to celebrate Dan's life on Friday, Feb. 21, with a viewing from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 3513 N. Street NW, Washington, DC 20007. Street parking will be available.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kevin Paparella Scholarship Fund, c/o Holy Ghost Preparatory School, at http://www.holyghostprep.org/memorial. Kilcullen helped create the fund.

Anyone who has additional information about the case is asked to contact Officer Mouyal at (703) 746-6628.


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