- The Washington Times - Monday, August 13, 2012

One man was killed and a police officer injured in a head-on collision overnight in the Rose Hill area of Fairfax County, police said.

The crash happened around 3 a.m. near the intersection of Franconia Road and Gum Street.

A 2006 Infiniti traveling westbound on Franconia Road suddenly swerved, striking a police cruiser that was headed east, said Fairfax County police spokesman Don Gotthardt. The Infiniti caught fire after the crash and the man driving it died at the scene.

The seven-year Fairfax County police department veteran was responding to a non-emergency call at the time of the crash and did not have his lights and sirens on, Mr. Gotthardt said. He was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.


Crash investigators are still trying to determine why the Infiniti’s driver swerved and how fast both cars were traveling at the time of impact.

“That’s obviously a huge part of what crash reconstruction will be trying to find out,” Mr. Gotthardt said.

The driver’s name has not been released by police.