A 40-year-old man died early Thursday morning and a police officer suffered serious injuries after being involved in a head-on crash while being chased by Fairfax County Police officers near Annandale.
The crash happened just after 2:30 a.m. Thursday on Little River Turnpike where it passes over the Capital Beltway, Fairfax County Police say. The incident started, though, when officers responded to a domestic dispute in the 4800 block of Tapestry Drive in Fairfax.
Officers say that they approached the man, Cicero I. Limberea, at the home and briefly talked to him before he left. Shortly thereafter, police say Limberea sped off on Roberts Road and then the wrong way on Little River Turnpike. After narrowly missing several cars, another officer who came to assist in the pursuit crashed into the suspect head-on.
Limberea was pronounced dead at the scene. The 28-year-old officer involved in the crash had to be cut out of the car before being taken to an area hospital, where he is in stable condition.
Fairfax County Police detectives are interested in talking to anyone who may have witnessed the accident.
"We know that other vehicles were almost struck or may have been struck by this vehicle," Fairfax County Police spokesperson Lucy Caldwell said.