FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA)-- Virginia State Police say they have located the driver of a taxicab that struck and killed a young Herndon man. They are now looking for the man and woman who were passengers in the cab to get their accounts of what happened.
Daniel Park was struck and killed on westbound Interstate 66 west of Route 7 around 3 a.m. Sunday, April 3. The cab then fled the scene. The impact was so strong, that it knocked the light off the roof of the taxi.
State Police spokesperson Corine Geller says the cab driver told investigators he did not realize he had hit someone.
"I don't buy the story. That's crazy. How do you not know you hit a person?" said John Halacy, a neighbor of the Parks in Herndon.
According to Virginia State Police, a BMW sedan was traveling west on I-66 when it pulled over onto the right shoulder. Park, a passenger, exited the vehicle and walked into the middle of the interstate to vomit. Moments later he was struck by a passing vehicle. Park was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say the impact of the collision broke off the vehicle's rooftop taxi light, which was recovered at the scene. Several of Park's friends were in the BMW with him and described the hit-and-run vehicle as a white sedan.
State Police officials say based on additional evidence found at the scene, investigating troopers believe the taxi is a Ford Crown Victoria that was originally burgundy/maroon and has been re-painted white.
According to police, the cab driver picked up two passengers at the Lucky Bar on Connecticut Ave. in Northwest, DC. He dropped them off at the Vienna Metro station after the incident. In a press release, a spokeswoman from Virginia State Police says "investigators would like to talk to these potential witnesses simply to validate information provided by driver."
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Virginia State Police Fairfax Division at 703-803-0026.