Speed and booze suspected in fatal Centreville crash

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A 31-year-old man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after an early Friday morning crash that killed his 22-year-old passenger.

Fairfax County police say 31-year old Carlos Lopez Umanzor of Manassas was speeding south on Ordway Road in Centreville when he crossed a double-yellow line to pass a vehicle, lost control of his car and left the road.  Umanzor’s Toyota Scion then rolled over and his passenger, Darling Ramirez of Manassas, was ejected.  Police say speed and alcohol were both factors in the crash,

Ramirez was pronounced dead at the scene. Umanzor was taken to a hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and then released.  He was later arrested and taken to the Adult Detention Center.  In addition to the DWI charge, police say he may be charged with other crimes.



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