On Saturday, July 28th, police working for the Virginia State Police within the city of Springfield rushed to an area close to the Fairfax County Parkway in response to reports of a collision between several vehicles. The police were joined by emergency response crews from other departments such as EMTs and paramedics. It is not clear if the caller to the authorities was aware that there were injuries at the scene of the crash or not, but the presence of the emergency medical teams was sadly necessary.
It seems that it was shortly before 1:15 in the morning when several vehicles were travelling down the southern lanes of Interstate 95, close to the 166th mile marker, and also close to where I-95 intersects with the Fairfax County Parkway. One of these individuals, a 25-year-old, was behind the wheel of a car carrying two passengers. In front of them on the roadway was an SUV being driven by a 26-year-old from Jessup, Maryland.
As the 25-year-old closed the distance between his car and the SUV he apparently was not able to respond to the rapidly approaching rear of the vehicle before him. The 25-year-old then slammed his car into the rear of the SUV. This impact caused the SUV to overturn, an event which inflicted massive damage on the driver of the car. It is not clear if anyone else was inside of the SUV at the time of the incident, but since no one else was mentioned as traveling within the SUV it seems likely that the driver was alone inside of the car at the time of the crash.
Paramedics who rushed to the area immediately began to attend to the injured woman, but her injuries were too severe and all medical treatment was unable to revive her. She was declared dead at the scene of the incident.
The two people inside of the 25-year-old’s car were also injured in the incident after the car in which they were sitting caught fire. It is not clear if the driver of this car suffered from any injuries or if he walked away from the entire ordeal without physical damage. The two passengers were taken to a nearby hospital where they were subsequently treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The 25-year-old driver is currently facing charges of DUI-manslaughter.