Fairfax County Police Department
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News Release: 13/0038/152/LHC(5)
June 1, 2013
Reston Police District – Police have identified the individuals involved in the fatal crash this morning and are releasing additional details.
The cab driver is a 47-year-old Herndon man who was driving his 2009 Nissan Altima Red Top taxi northbound in the left lane of the Fairfax County Parkway. Although the taxi driver swerved slightly to avoid being struck by the 2004 Chevy Trailblazer that was travelling at an excessive speed towards him, the head-on crash occurred as both vehicles approached the intersection of Sugarland Valley Drive.
The passengers in the taxi were not wearing seatbelts and died on scene. Both passengers, ages 29 and 34, were living in Sterling together. Their families have not been located or notified at this time; their families reside outside of the United States. The taxi driver was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he remains in serious, life-threatening condition.
The driver of the Chevy is in non-life threatening condition at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He has been identified as Manuel Alejandro Jimenez Benitez, 24 of Rolling Fork Circle, Herndon. Police have charged him with two counts of aggravated involuntary manslaughter and he will be transported to the Adult Detention Center following his release from the hospital.
Crash Reconstruction Detectives have indicated preliminarily that they believe speed and alcohol on the part of Jimenez Benitez are contributing factors to the crash.
Two Die in Fatal Crash
Reston Police District – Fairfax County Police are investigating a fatal crash that took place on the Fairfax County Parkway in the early morning hours of June 1.
Preliminary investigation indicates that a 24-year-old man drove from the southbound into the northbound lanes near Wiehle Avenue around 1:45 a.m. and struck a taxi cab head on. Both passengers in the taxi, men ages 29 and 34, died on scene. The suspect driver and taxi cab driver (47-year-old man) were transported to the hospital and are in serious condition.
Detectives are investigating whether speed and alcohol may be factors involving the at-fault driver of the crash and two counts of aggravated involuntary manslaughter charges are pending. Identifications are being withheld pending notification to next of kin.
The southbound lanes of the Fairfax County Parkway have been re-opened; however the northbound may be closed for the ongoing investigation.