Woman wanders into I-495 traffic lanes, is killed

va-state-police-newcarA pedestrian death and chain-reaction collision created chaos on I-495 just east of the Eisenhower Connector Exit late last night (Friday).

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 … that vehicle hit the second vehicle … 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.

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