- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Investigators still were trying to learn yesterday how three Fairfax County teenagers ended up in a stolen car in which they crashed and died two days before Christmas.

The identity of one of the victims also was not clear as investigators tried to determine whether speed or alcohol had been a factor in the Tuesday night crash on Route 50.

Police say 17-year-old Jose Rodriguez of Sterling was behind the wheel of the Honda Civic sedan heading westbound at about 11:55 p.m. on Arlington Boulevard. The car, which was reported stolen from Falls Church, crossed the median near Marshall Street and slid sideways into the eastbound lanes. The Honda then was struck broadside by a Lexus sedan traveling eastbound.

Mr. Rodriguez died at the scene.

Two passengers, both teenage girls, were transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

One of the girls was identified as Danitza Corvarrubias, 16, of Arcadia Road in Alexandria.

Three other persons in the Honda and the Lexus driver were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at nearby hospitals.

Authorities are asking for help to identify the second female victim. She is described as Hispanic, about 16 to 18 years old, 5 feet 3 inches tall, about 115 pounds, with shoulder-length dark brown hair pulled back in a ponytail and brown eyes.

She was wearing a pink top with a gray pullover sweatshirt and blue jeans.

She had a small tattoo of a heart on her right hip.

Police are asking anybody who was in the car to come forward.

Anyone with information on the unidentified victim is asked to call police at 703/691-2131.

The case is being investigated by the crash-reconstruction unit.

The crash was one of several fatal accidents that night.

In Gaithersburg, Montgomery County police rushed to Shady Grove Road and Mill Run Drive just before 9 p.m., after receiving reports that a person had been hit by a car.

Police said Edward Walker Jr. of Derwood was taken to Shady Grove Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

About two hours later, police responded to the intersection of Norbeck Road and Bauer Drive in Rockville, where another pedestrian was struck, probably by more than one vehicle.

The victim was found facedown in the road, police said.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, but the identity is being withheld pending notification of the family.

The Metropolitan Police Department reported no major accidents yesterday despite the holiday traffic and slippery conditions from the rain.

“Everyone is hustling and bustling, but nothing serious has been reported,” a police spokesman said.

This article is based in part on wire service reports.


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