02/28/2013

Va. officer hurt, suspect dead after violent head-on collision

The officer was cut from his vehicle after suffering multiple injuries and taken to the hospital

By Susan Phillips
WUSA9

ANNANDALE, Va. — Fairfax County Police say they want to talk to anyone who witnessed a violent head-on crash that claimed one man's life and seriously injured a police officer on Little River Turnpike in Annandale, Va. 

Lucy Caldwell, spokeswoman for the Fairfax County Police Department, says officers responded to a domestic call.  Officers talked briefly to a man outside a home in the 4800 block of Tapestry Drive. 

The man then left in his car, but as he drove away the officers saw him speed down Roberts Road and make a right turn into oncoming traffic on Little River Turnpike, say police.

Police decided to follow the suspect and say they witnessed him head the wrong way on Route 236 (Little River Turnpike) , barely missing several vehicles as he drove eastbound in the westbound lanes. 

An officer in the eastbound lanes radioed information to fellow officers as they monitored the wrong-way vehicle, according to police. The incident came to a violent end in the eastbound lanes of Little River Turnpike on the Beltway overpass when the fleeing vehicle struck another responding Fairfax County Police cruiser head on.

The suspect, Cicero I. Limberea, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision.  

According to the police, the 28-year-old officer from the Mason District had to be cut out of the cruiser. Police say he suffered multiple injuries and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where he is in stable condition.

The crash investigation activity shut down Little River Turnpike between the Beltway and the Annandale Campus of Northern Virginia Community College for several hours. All lanes reopened around 6:00 a.m.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477 or Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

Reprinted with permission from WUSA9.

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