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Posted at 4:37 PM ET, 01/29/2011

Fatal crash in Springfield area

By Washington Post editors

Fairfax County police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred Saturday morning on the Franconia-Springfield Parkway.

Officials say Romeo Alexander Arana, 35, of Arlington was traveling south on the Parkway when he lost control of his car on the ice and hit a snow embankment near Accotink Creek. Arana was pronounced dead at the scene.

Speed does not appear to be a factor in the crash, authorities say, adding that investigators have not yet determined if alcohol may have played a role. Arana was not wearing his seatbelt.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637.

By Washington Post editors  | January 29, 2011; 4:37 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  
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No seat belt is always a bigger factor than speed or alcohol. A drunk who speeds and crashes but wears a seat belt will survive the accident better than a sober person who crashes doing the limit but not wearing a seat belt.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 29, 2011 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Go to college. Get an education. Understand the law, the profession and our constitution so you understand your responsibility to the people and the trust you are granted – and to stay true to it, look online for "United Forensic College"

Posted by: petriceja | January 30, 2011 2:12 AM | Report abuse

This article fails to capture the severity of events associated with this crash. The car did hit an embankment, but that was AFTER IT PLUNGED 40-FEET OVER THE BRIDGE. That's information that people could have used. Seatbelt on or not, a crash of that sort would be difficult to survive. Nice job Post editors - you took out one of the most critical points of the story!

Posted by: PDKay | February 1, 2011 9:18 AM | Report abuse

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