Early in the morning on Thursday, February 28, 2013, an SUV travelling the wrong way on Little River Turnpike from Fairfax City toward the Capital Beltway struck a Fairfax County police cruiser. The SUV’s driver, later identified as 40-year-old Cicero I. Limberea, was pronounced dead at approximately 12:30 a.m. The police officer was sent to Inova Fairfax Hospital and is in stable condition.
Limberea had been approached by a police officer responding to a domestic call on Tapestry Drive. After speaking with the officer, Limberea got into his vehicle and sped off, heading eastbound in the westbound lane of Little River Turnpike, nearly striking several cars in the oncoming traffic.
Limberea’s SUV hit the police cruiser on the Interstate 495 overpass. The officer was travelling westbound in the westbound lane, on his way to respond to the situation. The accident closed the Little River Turnpike from Northern Virginia Community College to the Capital Beltway, as well as Beltway entrance ramps, for six hours on Thursday.
Toxicology reports have not yet been analyzed to determine if alcohol was a contributing factor in the incident. Police do ask anyone that may have seen Limberea travelling eastbound in the Little River Turnpike’s westbound lanes to contact Crime Solvers by calling 1.866.411.8477, or by texting CRIMES/274637 with “TIP187” along with the information.
The Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. car accident attorneys at Lewis & Tompkins extends their condolences to Limberea’s family, and send their best wishes to the injured police officer for a speedy recovery.