Help asked in solving fatal Beltway hit-and-run

Highway message boards on the Beltway in Virginia are flashing a message asking for help in solving a fatal hit-and-run last month.

It happened just before dawn on Saturday, December 17th near the 50 mile marker in Fairfax County. Virginia State Police say the victim, Liem T. Nguyen, 41, of Alexandria, Va., was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado north on I-495 when it spun out of control on the icy roadway, struck the Jersey wall and spun back into the travel lanes. Nguyen exited his vehicle and spoke briefly to another driver just moments before oncoming traffic began sliding out of control and crashing. Nguyen was struck by other vehicles in the course of what became a 23-vehicle crash. He died at the scene.  

“We know that several of the motorists involved in the multi-vehicle crash that Saturday morning were on their way to work,” says Capt. R. Greg Kincaid, Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Fairfax Field Office Commander. “We’re hopeful that these message boards may reach some of those same drivers who encountered the crash and who may be able to provide us with the key evidence we need to resolve this fatal pedestrian crash on I-495.”

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