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UPDATE: Victim in Fatal Crash Identified

A 56-year-old man died in a crash near Franklin Farms on Tuesday

Update (10:55 a.m. March 22): Police have identified the driver as Robert Bittner of 21322 Sorrel Grove Court in Ashburn. Bittner was operating a 1999 Toyota Camry.

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Original: Man Dies in County Parkway Crash

A 56-year-old man from the Ashburn area died Tuesday after his vehicle struck the sound barrier on the Fairfax County Parkway near Franklin Farms Road.

Fairfax County Police from the Fair Oaks District responded to the crash at around 12:56 p.m. Tuesday. 

The man was driving southbound on Fairfax County Parkway and for unknown reasons, left the roadway just past Franklin Farms Road and struck the sound barrier, police said. After passersby had pulled the driver from the vehicle, the vehicle caught on fire. The driver was transported to a nearby hospital where he died.

Speed and alcohol are not considered factors in the crash and an investigation is ongoing, police said in a statement.

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

abigail magnani March 20, 2012 at 11:24 PM
So tragic. So very sorry for his family.

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