Virginia man killed in road-rage confrontation, pinned between vehicles
WOODBRIDGE, Va. (ABC7/AP) — A Northern Virginia man has died after getting out of his car in a road-rage confrontation and getting pinned between two vehicles.
Prince William County Police say 53-year-old Larry Dean Walker of Woodbridge was driving his pickup truck on the Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge Wednesday when he got into an argument with a 34-year-old man driving a sedan. It's unclear what sparked the argument.
Police say both vehicles stopped as they approached backed-up traffic. Walker got out of his truck and walked toward the sedan.
The sedan driver moved into the parkway's left lanes and in the process struck Walker and a minivan. Police say Walker became pinned between the sedan and a Honda minivan and died at the scene.
Witnesses who watched helplessly as first responders tried to save Walker's life say they were stunned to learn it was a case of road rage.
"We have to respect each other, you know. That's important for all of us," said Shazia Abbassi, who works at a hair salon just off Prince William Parkway.
Abbassi said she and several others saw the aftermath of the crash from the back window of the salon. A few people inside the shop started crying when it became clear Walker had died as a result of his injuries.
"I was really sad. I was really sad," she said. "This is the first time I saw someone die in front of my eyes. It's very hard."
ABC 7 News has learned Walker and his wife ran a tree service company in Woodbridge.
Police did not release the names of the 34-year-old man who was driving the Mitsubishi or the 68-year-old woman who was driving the Honda minivan.
Investigators said the drivers of both vehicles remained on the scene, and the driver of the Mitsubishi contacted police.
Police said speed, alcohol, and drug use were not factors in the collision.
At this time, no charges have been filed, but Prince William County Police said detectives with the department's Violent Crimes Bureau are now investigating.