Three Killed In Newington Area Crash

Three people died in a three-vehicle crash near Backlick Road and Fullerton Road at about 6:00 p.m. yesterday, August 10.

Police say a man driving a 1993 Toyota pickup truck was headed southbound on Backlick Road with one passenger in his vehicle. For unknown reasons, the truck crossed over the median and hit a 1999 Jeep Cherokee head-on, then side-swiped a 1996 Oldsmobile sedan. The pickup truck flipped and came to rest on its roof in the northbound lanes.

The driver of the Toyota, James A. Cetto II, 39, of 4656 Evansdale Road in Dale City, was pronounced dead after being transported to the hospital. His passenger, a 41-year-old man, was ejected from the truck and pronounced dead at the scene.

Katherine F. Miller, 52, of 7207 Evanston Road in Springfield, suffered significant head trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 47-year-old male driver of the Oldsmobile did not require medical attention.

The drivers of the Oldsmobile and the Jeep were wearing seatbelts, while the occupants in the Toyota were not. The name of the third victim will be released pending next of kin notification.

Detectives continue their investigate to determine if alcohol or speed were factors in the crash.

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