Possibly speeding car drives off I-95 ramp in Springfield, killing 19-year-old passenger

Possibly speeding car drives off I-95 ramp in Springfield, killing 19-year-old passenger
Possibly speeding car drives off I-95 ramp in Springfield, killing 19-year-old passenger
The I-95 north ramp to Franconia Road and the Franconia ramp to I-395 intersect (via Google Maps)

One person is dead and another seriously injured after a car apparently significantly exceeding the speed limit left an I-95 ramp in Springfield, crashed into trees, landed on a separate freeway ramp and was collided with another vehicle Monday (Nov 14) .

According to Virginia State Police, who responded to the accident at 11:16 a.m., the incident began when Bryan Osorto-Tejeda, 19, of Fredericksburg, was driving a 2013 Honda Accord north on the I-95, taking the ramp to go west. on Franconia Road (route 644) “at high speed”.

“The Honda then left the left side of the road, went through the guardrail and flew away,” the VSP said in a press release yesterday. “During his drive he struck several trees, flipped over and landed on the ramp off Route 644 at I-395 North where he was struck by a 2018 Toyota Highlander which then hit the jersey wall. ”

The Honda passenger – identified as Odaly Y. Hernandez, 19, of Woodbridge – died at the scene after being ‘thrown from the vehicle’, police say she was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

Osorto-Tejeda was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital with serious injuries. State police said he was also not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the car.

The driver and three passengers of the Toyota, including a 3-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy, were taken to hospital for treatment for minor injuries, according to VSP. They were all wearing seat belts or “age-appropriate restraints” in the case of children, police said.

“Preliminary investigation suggests the vehicle was traveling over 100 mph,” VSP spokeswoman Shelby Crouch told FFXnow.

The speed limit on I-95 and I-395 at the Route 644 interchange is 55 mph, according to the VDOT speed limit map.

VSP says it is investigating “extreme speed” as a contributing factor and has accused Osorto-Tejeda of failing to maintain proper control.

Virginia classifies reckless driving as a Class 1 misdemeanor with a minimum fine of $250, but it can be elevated to a Class 6 felony if the person convicted has had their driver’s license suspended or revoked at the time and reckless driving directly caused a death.

There have been at least two other fatal crashes at the I-95/Route 644 interchange this year: one in May where a driver died after his vehicle caught fire and a hit-and-run in October where a driver allegedly drunk killed a pedestrian whose car had broken down.

Picture via Google Maps

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