On June 1, around 1:45 a.m., a Red Top taxi cab that was travelling in the northbound lanes of the Fairfax County Parkway was struck by an SUV near the intersection of Sugarland Valley Drive.
The SUV, a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by 24-year-old Manuel Alejandro Jimenez Benitez of Rolling Fork Circle in Herndon, was traveling south in the northbound lanes of the Fairfax County Parkway. Crash Reconstruction Detectives have said that they believe excessive speed and alcohol were contributing factors to Benitez’s erratic driving and subsequent crash.
The taxi, driven by a 47-year-old Herndon man who has not yet been identified, was in the left lane and swerved to avoid Benitez, but was struck nearly head on. Two passengers in the taxi, later identified as 29-year-old Norbert Sebok and Jozsef Szathmari, 24, both of Sterling, were pronounced dead at the scene. Neither Sebok nor Szathmari were wearing seat belts. The law in Virginia does not require adults in the backseat of a car to wear a seat belt.
The driver of the taxi was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital in serious condition with life-threatening injuries. Benitez was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries and will be transferred to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center after he is released from the hospital. He has been charged with two counts of aggravated involuntary manslaughter.
The Northern Virginia auto accident lawyers at Lewis & Tompkins wish to extend their deepest sympathies to the families of Norbert Sebok and Jozsef Szathmari, as well as send their best wishes for a full recovery to the cab driver and his family.
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