Driver dies in crash af­ter skid­ding on ice

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Tom Jack­man

An Ar­ling­ton County man died early Satur­day af­ter he lost con­trol of his car and tum­bled down a hill near Ac­cotink Creek in the Spring­field area of Fair­fax County, po­lice said.

Po­lice said Romeo Alexan­der Arana, 35, of the 1000 block of South Emer­son Street, was driv­ing his 1992 Honda Civic west on the Fran­co­nia-Spring­field Park­way just af­ter 6 a.m.

As the Civic neared the bridge over Ac­cotink Creek, in­ves­ti­ga­tors think, Arana lost con­trol of the car on ice and hit a snow em­bank­ment, then rode up the em­bank­ment and along the rail­ing of the bridge.

The Civic fell off the rail­ing and be­came air­borne, Of­fi­cer Shelley Brod­er­ick said. It ro­tated and fell 20 feet down a hill be­fore com­ing to rest near Ac­cotink Creek. Arana was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

Brod­er­ick said it was not known whether any other cars were in­volved in the ac­ci­dent, but no one else was in the Civic. In­ves­ti­ga­tors do not think that Arana was speed­ing but have not de­ter­mined whether al­co­hol was in­volved. Po­lice said Arana was not wear­ing a seat belt.

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