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Police: Driver was speeding in fatal Old Keene Mill Road crash

Eastbound Old Keene Mill Road at the Huntsman Blvd intersection in West Springfield (via Google Maps)

The driver in a crash that killed a 93-year-old man in West Springfield last month has now been charged with reckless driving, Fairfax County police announced yesterday.

Jessica Bonilla Alfaro, a 41-year-old Springfield resident, “was travelling above the speed limit and in a reckless manner” when she crashed into a 2017 Toyota Camry on Old Keene Mill Road at the Huntsman Blvd intersection on Nov. 7, the police department said.

When the crash occurred that morning, Bonilla Alfaro was driving east on Old Keene Mill in a 2016 Dodge Journey, while the Camry was attempting to turn left onto southbound Huntsman Blvd, according to police.

The Camry driver — 93-year-old John Rowley Jr. of Springfield — was taken to a hospital with injuries not initially considered life-threatening, but his condition deteriorated and he died that evening, police said.

The speed limit on Old Keene Mill at the Huntsman intersection is 45 mph, per the Virginia Department of Transportation’s speed limits map.

Bonilla Alfaro was served a magistrate summons for the reckless driving charge yesterday and is set to appear in court in February, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Rowley Jr. was the 16th non-pedestrian to die in a crash on county roads this year, though that death toll has now reached 19 people after a 19-year-old was killed on Prosperity Avenue in Merrifield on Dec. 6.

The victim in that crash, Chantilly resident David Mendez Hernandez, was on his way to work when he collided with a tractor-trailer. His family set up a Gofundme to help pay for the funeral expenses.

Image via Google Maps

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