Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Passenger in Brambleton Crash that Injured Nine Succumbs to Injuries

A passenger in a box van involved in a two vehicle crash near Brambleton Monday afternoon has succumbed to his injuries.

Jose Armando Romero, 28, of Herndon, Va., passed away Wednesday afternoon. He was one of two middle seat passengers in the 1989 Ford E350 Box Van which investigators believe went through the stop sign eastbound on Creighton Road and struck the side of a southbound 2000 Ford F250 Crew Cab pickup. Romero was not believed to be wearing his seat belt and the vehicle was not equipped with airbags.

The crash occurred around 12:47 p.m. on July 20, and injured nine people. A preliminary investigation revealed that a 2000 Ford pick-up was traveling southbound on Belmont Ridge Road when it was struck on the passenger side by a 1989 Ford E350 box van that was traveling eastbound on Creighton Road. The box van is believed to have disregarded a stop sign at the intersection of the two roadways.

Jose Amides Ayala-Mejia 24, and Roberto Castelan, 20, remain in critical condition at INOVA Fairfax Hospital. Andres Galacia Rivera, 22, of Manassas has been downgraded from critical to stable condition. He was a passenger in the front seat of the Ford F250 pickup and it is not believed that he was wearing a seat belt, but his airbag did deploy. Ayala-Mejia was also a passenger in the Ford E350 and was not wearing a seat belt. Castelan was a rear passenger in the 2000 Ford F250 Crew Cab pickup and was also not wearing a seat belt.

The driver of the box van, Aldo Fabian Arroyo-Hernandez, 26, of Herndon, was charged with Reckless Driving, Driving Unlicensed, and Failing to Obtain a Virginia License. Arroyo-Hernandez was airlifted to INOVA Fairfax Hospital.

In total nine persons were transported from the scene of the crash. The crash remains under investigation by the Loudoun Sheriff’s Crash Reconstruction Unit.

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