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FCPD: Driver was speeding in fatal Seven Corners crash, charged with manslaughter

Northbound Arlington Blvd at Patrick Henry Drive in Seven Corners (via Google Maps)

(Updated at 3:30 p.m.) The driver behind a fatal April 21 crash in Seven Corners was speeding at over 100 mph, Fairfax County police now say.

The Fairfax County Police Department has identified Mirza Baig, 26, of Alexandria as the driver responsible for the crash, which killed 37-year-old Christina Hamilton and injured both Baig and a passenger.

Charged with involuntary manslaughter Baig turned himself in to authorities at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where he’s being held without bond, the FCPD announced yesterday (Tuesday).

More from police on the crash, which occurred at 1:10 a.m. on April 21 around the Arlington Blvd (Route 50) intersection with Patrick Henry Drive:

Detectives from our Crash Reconstruction Unit determined Mirza Baig was the driver of the 2016 Honda Accord traveling eastbound on Arlington Boulevard just east of Patrick Henry Dr in the far-left lane. The driver of a 2018 Honda Civic was also traveling eastbound on Arlington Boulevard in the far-right lane. The driver of the Civic attempted to make an abrupt U-turn and was struck by the driver of the Accord. Detectives determined Baig was traveling over 100 mph prior to the crash.

In its initial news release, the FCPD said a preliminary investigation indicated “speed and alcohol are not a factor for the driver of the Honda Accord.”

“During the course of their investigation, detectives from our Crash Reconstruction Unit were able to examine evidence in this case and determine that speed was a factor,” the FCPD public affairs bureau told FFXnow when asked about the change in findings.

Hamilton, previously identified as the driver of the Civic, was taken to a hospital, where she died.

According to an obituary, Hamilton grew up with a passion for music and studied both media communications and divinity at Regent University in Virginia Beach, becoming closely involved in church life.

“What we admired about her most of all is the unconditional love she gave to others,” her obituary says. “Her strong and fearless personality, along with her generous heart and compassion for life, is what we all will miss the most.”

She was survived by her parents, siblings and other relatives.

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