Driver Charged In Fatal Crash On I-95 S In Dumfries

10:26 PM, May 22, 2012   |    comments
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DUMFRIES, Va. (WUSA) -- The driver of a van has been charged in a fatal accident that also injured several passengers on Interstate 95 in Prince William County on Tuesday morning.

Virginia State Police say they were alerted to the serious accident in the southbound lanes of I-95 south of the Dumfries truck scales around 4:30 Tuesday morning.

According to police, a 2006 Ford E350 Econoline van was traveling south on I-95 when the van hydroplaned during the rain. The van ran off the left side of the road before hitting the guardrail and overturning at least twice. The van came to rest on its side, says a state police spokesperson.

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A total of eight people were in the van, which was owned by Selective Demolition and Hauling in Gaithersburg and was headed to Richmond, Va. The van was used to transport company employees from work site to work site and these passengers were headed to a job in Richmond.

Three passengers were ejected from the van. One passenger died at the scene. He is described as a 43-year-old Hispanic man. Two others were transported to Fairfax Inova Hospital. 

Five other passengers and the driver, Job J. Diaz-Lemus of Gaithersburg, suffered non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Potomac Hospital. State police say one passenger was not injured and refused treatment.

Diaz-Lemus has been charged with reckless driving.

Troopers have determined that the van was traveling too fast for the wet road conditions at the time of the crash.


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