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Police: Man dies days after head-on crash in Clifton

Clifton Road at Johnny Moore Lane (via Google Maps)

(Updated at 3:05 p.m.) An 85-year-old man who crashed head-on into a sedan on Clifton Road last month has died.

The crash may have been the result of a medical emergency suffered by 85-year-old Manassas resident Charles McCallister, who was driving north on Clifton Road during the afternoon rush hour on Jan. 24 when he veered over the center line and collided with a 2017 Honda Civic, the Fairfax County Police Department says.

Officers were dispatched to the crash near Johnny Moore Lane around 6 p.m., according to the police.

McCallister and two young children who were also in his 2021 Ford Escape at the time of the crash were all transported to a hospital. The children’s injuries weren’t life-threatening, and they later got released, but McCallister died from his injuries on Jan. 28.

“Hospital physicians believed that the crash was caused by a medical emergency,” the FCPD said.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed to detectives on Saturday (Feb. 3) that McCallister died from the injuries he sustained in the crash, not “the underlying medical emergency” that led to the crash.

McCallister was the first person to be killed in a vehicle crash on Fairfax County roads this year, but the FCPD reported a second fatality yesterday (Sunday) after a two-vehicle crash in Burke sent seven people to the hospital. One passenger died, and two occupants had injuries considered life-threatening as a result of the crash at Braddock Road and Bradfield Drive, an area plagued by speeding.

(Correction: This story initially identified the location of Sunday’s crash as Annandale, but the intersection is located closer to Burke.)

There was also a fatal crash on I-66 in the Centreville area on Jan. 3.

At this time in 2023, there had been three fatal crashes, according to the police department.

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