A 37-year-old Alexandria woman was killed Friday in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 66 in Fauquier County.
The crash occurred at 10:30 a.m. at the 20 mile marker. According to police, a 2007 Honda Fit was traveling west when it ran off the right side of the highway and skimmed the guardrail. The vehicle then crossed over the westbound lanes and ran off the left side of the interstate and struck the guardrail head-on.
The driver, Sarah E. Weinberg, was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where she died later that morning. She was wearing a seat belt.
Virginia State Police Trooper J.R. Lewis is investigating the accident, which remains under investigation. Police said alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
The fatal wreck was one of 10 across Virginia over the Christmas holiday weekend – between Friday, Dec. 23 and Monday, Dec. 26.
The 10 fatal crashes occurred in the counties of Albemarle, Alleghany, Buchanan, Culpeper, Fauquier, Louisa, Prince William and Wise; and the cities of Chesapeake and Suffolk. Three of those who died were pedestrians, including a man who was killed walking along Interstate 95 in Woodbridge after his car ran out of gas.
The fatal crash in the city of Chesapeake was a hit-and-run that is still under investigation by the Virginia State Police. Four of the drivers and passengers killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts.
“Tragically, too many families spent their Christmas with family making arrangements for funeral services,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “We cannot stress enough the importance for drivers to make smart, safe and sober decisions during the remaining days of 2016. Let us finish out this year by simply doing what’s right when it comes to driving on Virginia’s highways. Please drive to save lives.”
Alexandria women killed in I-66 crash; one of 10 holiday fatalities statewide