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Fairfax Driver Indicted on Murder Charge in April Hit-And-Run Case

| Dec 4, 2017 | Murder |

An investigation into a hit-and-run accident that occurred in Fairfax this past April is finally reaching its concluding stages after Fairfax County Police charged the person believed to have instigated the incident with murder. When the crash first occurred, the initial reports detailed how Ascencio, a 75-year-old Fairfax resident was on foot by Rugby Road, close to where it intersects with U.S. 50, when she tried to cross the street.

Driving down Rugby Road at this same time was a Dodge Dart. According to the investigation, it seemed that the driver of the Dart-who was not named during the initial reports-collided with Ascencio while she was in the street, knocking her to the ground and injuring her. The driver then stopped the car, turned it around, and drove back over Ascencio a second time, fatally injuring her. Emergency response teams rushed to the scene, but there was nothing they could do for Ascencio and she was declared dead at the scene of the accident.

Several hours after this occurred, police inside of Fairfax County received reports of an individual behaving oddly at a shopping center in Fair Oaks. The shopping center is located only a mile or so from the area where the hit-and-run took place, and police immediately rushed to the area, hoping there might be a connection. When they arrived, they met a woman who told them that the man in question had assaulted her and stolen the earrings off of her ears. She said that she had been in the process of trying to take his picture to show the authorities when he noticed her and rushed at her.

The police were able to locate the man and apprehend him before he caused any more harm. Additionally, they found his car: a Dodge Dart with damage to its front end corresponding with the damage they expected to find on the car involved in the earlier hit-and-run. The man, 32-year-old, Ozcan, was arrested.

Now, Ozcan has been charged with the murder of Ascencio. This charge indicates that the investigating authorities have reason to believe that Ozcan did not do everything in his power to prevent the collision, although it is not clear if the police believe Ozcan intentionally ran Ascencio over.