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Posted at 9:46 AM ET, 03/ 3/2011

Woman killed in McLean crash

By Allison Klein
Allison Klein

A Leesburg woman was killed Wednesday after her car ran a stop sign in McLean and was hit by an oncoming SUV, according to Fairfax County police.

Sow-Hoong Hon was driving a 1999 Honda Accord north on Bellview Road around 1:30 p.m. when she did not stop at the sign at Old Dominion Drive, police said.

A 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser struck the driver's door of the Honda, police said.

Hon and the driver of the SUV were taken to area hospitals, and Hon, 42, was pronounced dead.

The driver of the SUV had non life-threatening injuries.

Neither speed nor alcohol appear to be factors in the crash, police said.

By Allison Klein  | March 3, 2011; 9:46 AM ET
Categories:  Allison Klein, Fairfax, Traffic Accidents  
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bet she was on the phone....

Posted by: seendadream | March 3, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse

We had a memorial service for Sow, a dedicated employee of 20 years, at our company this morning. I would just like to say that for those who do not have all the facts please refrain from commenting out of respect for her family. She was not on the phone. She was a very careful driver and this was the first time she had ever driven on this road and as we all know it is not an easy or safe road to drive. I hope this tragedy is awaking to Fairfax county and they install a traffic light at this location so no other family has to suffer such a loss.

Posted by: scmarcum759 | March 3, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

scmarcum759, with all due respect, a stop sign is a STOP SIGN. like a red light, you're supposed to COME TO A COMPLETE STOP.

my daughter and i were nearly killed a few years ago by a red light runner on wisconsin avenue... and the light hadn't just turned red, either. it had been red long enough for 6-deep lines of stopped cars to have formed in 2 of the 3 lanes.

traffic signs and signals are there for everyone's safety. unless this woman had a medical emergency, her negligence was the cause of this accident, period.

i'm sorry for the death of this woman, but i'm happy that the innocent driver in this unfortunate accident will survive.

Posted by: potomacfever00 | March 3, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Yes the innocent driver will survive. Physically maybe they will be OK, but after killing someone with your car, even if it was the other drivers fault, that will mentally stay with you for life. Shame for both families.

Posted by: m1ke3i6 | March 3, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse

m1ke3i6, i agree... he will be haunted by this even though he was not the cause of the accident. i know i would be. i never said he wasn't a victim.

Posted by: potomacfever00 | March 3, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

the problem here isn't the intersection, it's the commuters using G-Town Pike & Old Dominion when they're built as local-transit roads. You have absolute gridlock on these roads every morning and afternoon, so people from points West can have a scenic drive home.

In this case, she was probably on Route 7, experiencing terrible traffic as usual, and then tried to use Towlston to cut over to Old Dominion.

It's a failure of Richmond to give a darn about transportation in NOVA (widen Route 7, anyone?)

Posted by: oliverswordhands | March 3, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I was on the scene of this accident. It was horrific and I will not forget it. The people that initially stopped to help were good people that did what they could to help her. It is cruel and ignorant for people to make nasty comments about a deceased women. Bless her and her family.

Posted by: novamama1 | March 3, 2011 7:01 PM | Report abuse


"It is cruel and ignorant for people to make nasty comments about a deceased women. Bless her and her family."

Serious? I'm blessed that the woman in the accident didn't kill someone else. BTW, I'm not ignorant or cruel just someone that drives on these streets everyday.

Posted by: charlie-Imac | March 3, 2011 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Allison Klein, cars don't run stop signs people do.

Posted by: rg14 | March 3, 2011 7:14 PM | Report abuse

I am serious. We are only human. I am not saying what she did was ok, it was a horrible decision. It must be nice to be perfect.

Posted by: novamama1 | March 3, 2011 7:48 PM | Report abuse

While quite sad, there is certainly no need to install a stop light there. Its clear to anyone paying attention that you need to stop.,-77.240134&cbp=13,8.99,,0,14.35&cbll=38.960982,-77.240154&hl=en&gl=us&sspn=0.006295,0.006295&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Old+Dominion+Dr+%26+Bellview+Rd,+Dranesville,+Fairfax,+Virginia+22102&ll=38.96056,-77.239584&spn=0.003821,0.010568&t=h&z=17&panoid=sreJOk-E3WJ8itgKRhZkbw

Posted by: dtysko | March 3, 2011 9:06 PM | Report abuse

I find many of the comments here to be callous. Human beings make mistakes. I am also relieved that the other driver survived, and hope they will recover fully. However, some of the comments here seem to be implying that the death of the "at fault" driver is not tragic, due to the circumstances. Assuming a cell phone was involved is also unfair if there is no evidence. People don't consider the effect their comments have on the friends and family of the victim. I hope you never make any kind of error that causes any type of injury (or death) to yourselves or others. Many people, even careful drivers, will probably violate a traffic rule at least once in their life unintentionally. Unfortunately those mistakes can have tragic consequences. Sow will be missed by those of us who knew her.

Posted by: l000001 | March 4, 2011 1:25 AM | Report abuse

She was not stuck on 7 and than cut thru. She was on her way to a job fair at 1:30 pm from work which is located in the same vicinity. The reason for why she was there doesn't matter.

I drive these roads everyday and have been for the past 15 years and to blame commuters because of the gridlock or the "scenic" drive, give me a break!!

I000001 said it best.

Posted by: McLean20 | March 4, 2011 2:07 AM | Report abuse

Shes guilty of a DWO = Driving While Oriental.

Posted by: Defund_NPR | March 4, 2011 3:37 AM | Report abuse

All I can is that it is a needless tragedy. Driving these roads in a vehicle that is a deadly weapon demands defensive driving and anticipation. Frankly, I'm appalled at the risks people take in their vehicles. Have been driving 66 and 495 for a while now and it's a survival game.

The cell phone thing is a real quiz. Just can't understand why a lot of people have to be connected 24/7. We keep cells for emergencies but otherwise never use them, but we're from an older generation and we hate phones in general.

Posted by: stugots711 | March 4, 2011 3:56 AM | Report abuse

She blew a clearly marked stop sign and it's a blessing she didn't kill anyone but herself. I feel sorry for her family, but I feel far worse for the other driver who will live with this forever, even though s/he didn't do one thing wrong. What we all ought to be doing today is thanking God that she didn't kill one of us or our family members. You don't get a pass on reckless driving just because you only kill yourself.

Posted by: Jayne | March 4, 2011 5:15 AM | Report abuse

People really display their utmost hypocrisy when it comes to driving, as can be seen in these comments and every day on the road. Basically, everyone else is a terrible driver...mistakes be damned.

Posted by: rocotten | March 4, 2011 7:21 AM | Report abuse

I don't know enough about this intersection to make a comment.

Posted by: ronjaboy | March 4, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse

How do they know she wasn't on the phone?

Posted by: ronjaboy | March 4, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

who cares? some life goes on!

Posted by: poggmahon | March 4, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse

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