One Fatality in Multi-Vehicle Crash in Lorton

One Fatality in Multi-Vehicle Crash in Lorton

Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred on Tuesday, July 17, shortly after 10:30 a.m. near the intersection of Lorton Road and the I95 south exit ramp.

A 71-year-old Lorton man was driving his 1999 Honda CRV north on Lorton Road underneath the I95 overpass when he struck the rear of a 2010 Buick Lacrosse being driven by an 86-year-old Florida man. The Honda continued forward and sideswiped a 2008 Smart Car driven by a 58-year-old Maryland man. The Honda again continued forward and crossed the median as it approached the intersection with the exit ramp from I95 south. It then struck the rear corner of a 1994 Mack 600 Dump Truck that was southbound on Lorton Road, and being driven by a 37-year-old Alexandria man. The Honda continued across the southbound lanes of Lorton Road and came to rest adjacent to a utility pole at the southwest corner of the intersection.

The driver of the Honda CRV, Donald S. Mitchell, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Crash reconstruction detectives continue their investigation. They are looking into the possibility that Mitchell may have suffered a medical emergency which could have contributed to the driving behavior.

The office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.

Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at or text "TIP187" plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.