Fatal Crash in Clifton Involving Three Cars

Sully Police District – A man has died as a result of injuries from a crash that occurred around 1:17 a.m. this morning in Clifton near the intersection of Fairfax County Parkway and Popes Head Road. Detectives from our Crash Reconstruction Unit have preliminarily determined that a Jeep Wrangler, operated by Earl Wilkins Jr., 52, of Gainesville, was traveling southbound on Fairfax County Parkway. Wilkins drove into northbound traffic and crashed into a Honda Civic. Wilkins then exited his vehicle and was standing in the roadway when a third vehicle, also traveling northbound, struck the Honda which then hit Wilkins. Wilkins was taken to a hospital where he died of his injuries. The driver of the Honda was also taken to a hospital with injuries considered life threatening. The driver of the third vehicle, a Hyundai Sonata, remained on-scene and was treated for minor injuries. Detectives are continuing to investigate whether speed, alcohol or drugs were factors.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact our Crash Reconstruction Unit at 703-280-0543. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS(866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web – Click HERE. Download our Mobile tip411 App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest.

Wilkins was considered a pedestrian upon exiting his car while on the roadway. This is the 4th pedestrian fatality in the county to date in 2020.

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