Fatal Crash on S. George Mason Drive

Mason Police District – Detectives from our Crash Reconstruction Unit continue to investigate the early morning fatal crash that occurred in Falls Church. Officers responded at 2:16 a.m. to the 3700 block of S. George Mason Drive. Preliminarily, detectives from our Crash Reconstruction Unit determined the driver of a 2016 Volkswagen Jetta was travelling southbound on S. George Mason Drive attempting to turn left into Skyline Plaza. The driver of a 2018 Honda Accord was travelling northbound on S. George Mason Drive and struck the Jetta on the passenger side. Initially, both occupants of the Accord ran from the scene, but were found by our K9 officers. One of the men from the Accord was arrested for drunk in public. The other man was taken to the hospital for injuries considered life threatening. Detectives continue to investigate to determine which occupant was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash.

The passenger in the VW Jetta, Gladis Suyapa Deras, 54, of Falls Church, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver, an adult male, was taken to the hospital for injuries not considered life threatening.

Details of the investigation will be presented to the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for additional charges. Preliminarily, alcohol and speed appear to be factors in the crash.

Victim advocates from our Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to this case to ensure the victim’s family is receiving appropriate resources and assistance.

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 $1000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest. Please leave contact information if you wish for a detective to contact you.

This is the 4th non-pedestrian related fatality in the County to date in 2022. 

Year to date, in 2021 there was 2 non-pedestrian related fatalities. 

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