Bus Rear-Ends Car, Motorist Dies

logoFairfax County Police Crash Reconstruction detectives continue to investigate a fatal crash that occurred around 4 p.m. on Monday, March 21.

Their investigation so far has determined a 32-year-old man was operating a 2008 Ford Fastran bus north on Richmond Highway in the far right lane. Four vehicles in front of the bus slowed down for a traffic signal at the Fairfax County Parkway.

The bus driver allegedly did not see the traffic signal or the slowing vehicles and crashed into a 1995 Toyota Celica in front of him. The impact caused a chain reaction, pushing the Celica into a 2004 Dodge pickup truck. The truck impacted a 2001 Dodge Caravan. The Caravan then struck a 2004 Chrysler four-door sedan.

The driver and sole occupant of the Toyota Celica, William S. Pitts, 48, of Fort Belvoir Road in Fort Belvoir, was pronounced dead at the scene. Eight occupants from the other four vehicles were transported to three area hospitals with non life-threatening injuries.  They were treated and later released.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash. This investigation is ongoing. Charges are anticipated, police said.



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