- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The victims of the fiery crash last weekend on Interstate 66 were identified yesterday by the Virginia State Police.

Investigators needed dental records to identify a woman and two men killed in the pre-dawn, three-vehicle accident Sunday. The accident occurred about 3:50 a.m. when a tanker smashed into the back of a Jeep, which crashed into the back of a Volvo station wagon. The vehicles were going west and had just crossed the Fairfax County Parkway.

The driver of the 2000 Jeep has been identified as Donald Kevin Weeks, 35, of Haymarket. The driver of the 1996 Volvo has been identified as Sidney Alex Cardinale, 18, and the passenger as Ashley Megan Myers, 18, seniors in Winchester high schools.

The driver of the 2007 Kenworth truck, carrying 8,000 gallons of gasoline, has been identified as Mac Jerry Kriesch, 43, of Woodbridge.

He was treated for minor injuries at the scene and told police investigators one or both of the other vehicles appeared to have stopped.

Investigators think the Jeep’s gas tank erupted and engulfed the vehicles in flames, but they still are not sure what caused the chain-reaction crash.

“The investigation continues to try to find out why the crash happened,” said state police Sgt. Terry Licklider.

The crash knocked loose license plates and damaged them, which also delayed the identification of the vehicles and motorists. There were no leaks from the gasoline tanker, investigators said.

Sgt. Licklider said traffic was light and there was no known witnesses to the crash besides Mr. Kriesch.

The examination of the burnt bodies and medical tests are continuing to determine possible causes for the crash. Sgt. Licklider asked anybody with information about the accident to call state police at 703/323-4500.

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