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UPDATED: Driver charged with DWI after Route 7 crash that hospitalized four

Four people were hospitalized by a vehicle crash at the intersection of Leesburg Pike and Colvin Run Road in Great Falls (via Google Maps)

(Updated at 11:25 a.m.) Fairfax County police arrested a driver involved in the crash on Route 7 that sent four people to the hospital on Saturday (April 2).

Richard Asenso Donkor, 23, from Sterling has been charged with driving while intoxicated — his second DWI in five years, the Fairfax County Police Department says.

According to the FCPD, the crash occurred at the intersection of Leesburg Pike and Colvin Run Road when Donker, who was traveling west on Route 7, hit a Hyundai Ioniq that was attempting to turn left from Colvin Run during a green light.

“Four occupants of the Hyundai, including the driver, were taken to the hospital,” the FCPD said. “The injuries of one of the passengers was originally believed to be life threatening, but later upgraded,” meaning they were later determined to not be life-threatening.

Police were on the scene at 7:35 a.m. and had Leesburg Pike closed to traffic between Beulah Road and Baron Cameron Avenue until after 11 a.m.

The crash remains under investigation, as police look to determine whether speed was a factor. The FCPD advises anyone with information about the crash to contact its Crash Reconstruction Unit at 703-280-0543.

“Detectives will consult with the Office of the Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney to determine if additional charges will be sought,” the FCPD said.

The crash in Great Falls came just hours after a separate, fatal vehicle crash on Leesburg Pike in Sterling.

According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, a Nissan driver traveling east on Route 7 “veered to miss a slower moving vehicle” around 2:15 a.m. on Saturday. The Nissan drove off the road and rolled over “several times.”

A passenger in the Nissan was pronounced dead at the scene, while three other occupants were taken to Reston Hospital Center for serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Photo via Google Maps

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