Virginia State Police Trooper J.D. Presson had received a report of a two-vehicle crash in the westbound lanes of I-66 west of Exit 147 in Prince William County. Before he arrived on the scene, a Honda that had been stopped on the right shoulder of I-66 suddenly swerved into the westbound travel lane and struck a cargo van. The impact forced the Honda back off the roadway and into the right, cement Jersey wall.
In the 2-3 minutes it took for the trooper to get to the scene of the crash, eyewitnesses said, the van’s driver got out and went up to the Honda to make sure the driver was okay. Shannon, 21, then threw open his door and ran out into the westbound traffic, a police spokeswoman said.
Shannon male then jumped onto a total of four westbound vehicles. He landed on the windshield of the first vehicle, smashing it in. There was no damage done to the remaining three vehicles. No one in the four vehicles was injured, police said.
When the trooper arrived, the man had made it to the left shoulder of the westbound lanes of I-66 and was just standing there. Rescue arrived on scene and called for a helicopter to transport him to Fairfax Inova Hospital, where he was held overnight for observation. Further investigation ruled out alcohol or illegal drugs as a factor in the cause of the incidents.
Westbound lanes of I-66 were shut down for about 30 minutes for the helicopter landing and to clear the roadway of the various vehicles involved in the incident.
Shannon was charged with reckless driving; destruction of property under $1,000; pedestrian on the interstate; and interfering with passing vehicles on a highway.