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Man dies weeks after three-vehicle crash on Fairfax County Parkway

Northbound Fairfax County Parkway approaching Loisdale Road in Newington (via Google Maps)

A three-vehicle crash on Fairfax County Parkway in Newington has taken a fatal turn, about a month after it occurred.

James Berry Gautier, an 83-year-old Burke resident, has died roughly four weeks after a van collided with his car near Loisdale Road, the Fairfax County Police Department announced yesterday (Tuesday).

According to police, Gautier was driving north on Fairfax County Parkway on Sept. 8 when a southbound Chevrolet Express Van drove over the median and crashed into his Toyota Sienna.

“The impact caused the Express Van to collide with a tractor-trailer that was also traveling north on Fairfax County Parkway,” the FCPD said.

Gautier was transported to a hospital, where he died.

Police say speed and alcohol don’t appear to be factors in the crash, but the van driver — Mark Anthony Addison, 53, of Sterling — has been charged with misdemeanor reckless driving, driving without a license and failure to show proof of insurance.

An adjudicatory hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 25, according to the Fairfax County General District Court’s online information system.

Gautier is now the 13th non-pedestrian to die in a crash in Fairfax County this year, surpassing the 12 such fatalities recorded at this time in 2022, according to the FCPD. In total, there have been 30 fatal crashes in 2023, per state data, including a hit-and-run that killed a pedestrian on Richmond Highway last Friday (Oct. 6).

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