Early this past Sunday, a Manassas resident who was driving along Interstate 66 caused a deadly three-vehicle crash, after which he attempted to flee the scene of the incident and escape from the pursuing authorities. According to the Virginia State Police, the accident took place close to 4:00 in the morning, on Interstate 66’s westbound lanes. The accident location was inside of Fairfax County, but also only 1,000 feet to the east of the line separating Fairfax County and Prince William County.
According to the Fairfax County Police Department’s report, Tran, a 58-year-old, was driving a white SUV down the westbound lanes of I-66, when he somehow managed to collide with two other vehicles. The report goes on to say that a witness, Artz, arrived shortly after the incident and began to take a video of the crash’s aftermath on her phone.
It seems that after causing the collisions, Tran, who’s car was badly damaged but still working, left the scene of the incident. It was when he passed a rest area along I-66 that another civilian, Panameno noticed him. Panameno, who claims he did not know an accident had just occurred, saw the mangled SUV, noticed how airbags on both sides had been deployed, and called the police. Panameno also left the rest area and began to follow Tran.
Eventually, Panameno was able to get in front of Tran’s car and stop him. The police report says that Panameno told them that he left his vehicle and approached Tran’s car, which was leaking fluids from its undercarriage. Panameno then attempted to help Tran from the car as well as engage him in conversation, however the man was only vaguely coherent and would only keep saying over and over again that he was not injured.
The same can not be said for the people in the other two cars involved in the crash. While it is not clear just how many people were located within these cars, it is known that two of them suffered from injuries and were taken to the hospital. A third person was declared dead at the scene.
When police reached Tran, they administered a field sobriety test. He did not pass this test.