Police Investigate Fatal Crash in Herndon

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News Release: 12/024/0187/drg(5)
January 25, 2012


Police Investigate Fatal Crash in Herndon

            Reston Police District – Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 shortly after 7:30 p.m. A 33-year-old, New York man was operating a 2005 Hyundai Elantra, headed north on Route7100, the Fairfax County Parkway. The Hyundai turned from Route7100 on to the ramp leading from eastbound Leesburg Pike, to Route 7100 into opposing traffic. The Hyundai traveled the full length of the ramp and got onto Route 7 east, but heading westbound. The vehicle struck the median barrier on the bridge over Sugarland Run Stream and then veered into oncoming traffic. The front left of the Hyundai struck the front left of an oncoming Ford Explorer.

            The 33-year-old driver of the Hyundai, Michael Clawson, was pronounced dead on the scene. The 29-year-old woman driving the Ford Explorer was transported to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

            Speed and alcohol appear to be factors in this crash on the part of the driver of the Hyundai.

            Crash Reconstruction detectives continue to investigate.

             Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.



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