The crash, which occurred at 9:27 p.m., caused Reyes’s car to catch fire, and she died at the scene, police said, adding that her car had flares lined up behind it and its hazard lights flashing when it was struck.
A trooper had stopped earlier and tried to assist Reyes with her flat tire, but her spare was also flat, said Virginia State Police public relations director Corinne N. Geller.
“The driver assured the trooper that she had family responding to the scene to assist and they would be there momentarily,” Geller said in an email, adding that before leaving, “the trooper made sure the Honda was as far away from the travel lane (on the shoulder) as possible, set out the flares to increase visibility for passing traffic, and made certain the hazards were flashing.”
Police said the driver of the Buick, Devon L. Lesene, 31, of D.C. suffered minor injuries in the crash and was arrested for DUI manslaughter, driving while intoxicated, refusal to take a breath test, and driving on the shoulder. He is being held without bond at Fairfax County’s Adult Detention Center, police said, and his next court date is Monday.
Alabama woman killed in Beltway crash; D.C. man arrested for DUI manslaughter