A 40-year-old man died at around 12:30 a.m. Feb. 28 after driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of Little River Turnpike for several miles and striking a Fairfax County Police cruiser head-on, according to police.
Police said the unidentified officer was on his way to assist fellow officers after hearing radio traffic about the speeding vehicle in the wrong lanes. He suffered numerous injuries in the crash, was trapped in his vehicle and had to be cut out of the car before he could be transported for medical attention. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where he is in stable condition.
Police said the situation began when officers responded to a domestic call in the 4800 block of Tapestry Drive. An officer approached a man in front of a home, briefly spoke with him, and then the man left. The officer saw the man speed down Roberts Road and make a right turn into oncoming traffic on Little River Turnpike. The suspect continued to drive into oncoming traffic and barely missed striking several vehicles. The officer remained in the eastbound lanes where he radioed information to fellow officers. The crash occurred in the eastbound lanes of Little River Turnpike on the I-495 overpass. The deceased was identified as Cicero I. Limberea, of no fixed address, and was pronounced dead on the scene. Police say the crash remains under investigation.
A Herndon man died as a result of a crash that took place on Dranesville Road at about 3 a.m. Feb. 23, according to Fairfax County police.
Police said the man was a passenger in a 1997 BMW and was ejected from the car after the driver lost control, ran off the right side of the roadway and rolled the vehicle near Butter Churn Drive. Police said the driver attempted to continue driving after the crash but reportedly ran over the passenger who was lying in the roadway.
Police said both the driver and a second passenger fled the scene but were located several hours later.
The driver, Elixavier Ramirez, 23, of Herndon was located when he attempted to report that the vehicle had been stolen. Detectives charged Ramirez with felony hit-and-run, no operator’s license and filing a false police report.
The second passenger was later located in Loudoun County after approaching a deputy and reporting that he had been in a crash. That passenger, Wilson Escobar, also of Herndon, was transported to Fairfax Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. Crash reconstruction detectives are continuing the investigation and additional charges might be pending, police said.
A Herndon area man is in custody after an overnight standoff with police.
Fairfax County police said they responded to a report of a distraught man just before 5 p.m. Feb. 25 in the 1500 block of Young’s Point Place.
Police said a concerned family member had been home at the time but left to meet up with officers upon their arrival at the home. Police said they encountered the individual, attempted to speak with him, but the man refused, ordered them to leave and, reportedly, showed them he was armed and pointed a gun at them.
For the next eight hours, officers attempted to make contact with the 45-year-old resident of the home and deployed a variety of resources to the home and neighborhood, but he refused to come out. Eventually, negotiators did establish a dialogue with the man; however, he still refused to surrender. Officers deployed non-lethal pepper gas inside the home, which forced the subject to exit about 2 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Police said the man was transported to Reston Hospital in nonlife-threatening condition. Police have obtained a warrant for assault on a law enforcement office but said there were never any gunshots fired.
“There was never any sort of ‘hostage’ situation involved, but the person was a threat to himself and, potentially others, due to his weapon,” police spokesperson Lucy Caldwell said. Police have not released the man’s identity.
A 25-year-old Centreville man has been charged after reportedly tailgating and striking another vehicle, then fleeing from a traffic altercation on the Fairfax County Parkway on Feb. 24, according to Fairfax County police.
Police said just after midnight, Juan Carlos Gudiel of Centreville tailgated another vehicle in his 2000 Ford Explorer. Police said he rear ended a 2003 Honda, pulled alongside the car, turned into the vehicle, side-swiping it. He then fled at a high rate of speed. The victim, a 24-year-old Lorton man, was able to copy the license plate of Gudiel’s vehicle and call 911, police said.
Police said Gudiel continued onto I-66 westbound, where Virginia State Police became involved. He then allegedly fled onto Lee Highway, where he reportedly ran a red light and turned onto Stone Road where troopers were able to stop his vehicle.
Gudiel was charged with reckless driving, speeding to elude, disregarding a red light, resisting arrest and driving under the influence by the Virginia State Police.
Fairfax County officers also charged Gudiel with attempted malicious wounding, felony hit and run, and driving on a suspended license. He was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where he is being held without bond.