LORTON (WRIC) - At 3:28 a.m. Sunday, Virginia State Police were called to the scene of a crash involving a 16-passenger shuttle bus in the southbound lanes of I-95, just south of Exit 163 for Lorton.
An America Transportation shuttle bus was traveling south on I-95 when, according to witnesses, a white, four-door passenger vehicle traveling at an extreme high rate of speed swerved into the bus's travel lane. In order to avoid the car, the driver of the shuttle bus swerved to the right. The shuttle bus then ran off the right side of the road, struck the guardrail, and overturned. The white car fled the scene.
Thanks to witness information, state police were able to track down the white car to a residence in Dumfries, Va. A white Acura was located at the residence in the 16,000 block of Gentle Wood Lane and its driver, Raphael Manuel Barrientos, 31, of Dumfries, Va., was taken into custody without incident. Barrientos has been charged with one felony count of hit-and-run. He is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. Additional charges are pending consultation with the Commonwealth's Attorney.
A total of 17 individuals - 16 passengers and driver - were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment. All passengers are in their early 20s and from Prince William County. Two were flown from the scene to Inova Fairfax Hospital - one these two, David Alberto Sanchez, 24, of Woodbridge, Va., succumbed to his injuries later Sunday morning at the hospital; the second one is still being treated for life-threatening injuries. The driver and one other passenger are being treated for serious, but non-life threatening injuries. The remaining 13 passengers suffered minor injuries.
All southbound lanes of I-95 were open as of 8 a.m.