Virginia State Police say witnesses saw a 2005 Mercedes SUV stopped on the right shoulder of the highway as a passenger, Echo D. Davis, 27, of Benson, N.C., got out, apparently to smoke a cigarette. She then wandered into and tried to run across the travel lanes and was struck by a 2007 Subaru SUV.
Davis died at the scene. The state police Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating.
Meanwhile, four vehicles were involved in a chain-reaction crash in the ensuing congestion. Three vehicles were stopped in the eastbound lanes due the crash ahead when a fourth eastbound vehicle failed to stop in time for traffic and struck the third vehicle â€¦ that vehicle hit the second vehicle â€¦ and that vehicle hit the first vehicle in line.
The drivers of the second and third vehicles were transported to local hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The driver and passenger of the fourth vehicle both fled the scene on foot into the woods.
Fairfax City Police dispatched two tracking K9s and a helicopter to search for the two men. The alleged driver, Ascencio Fabian, 32, of Springfield, was located, and charged with DUI and one felony count of hit-and-run.
All travel lanes re-opened by 3:15 a.m. Saturday.