(Oct. 7, 2013) – It was one of the deadliest weekends on the roads in Loudoun County in recent memory as five people were killed in three separate accidents involving fatalities from Friday afternoon to early Sunday morning.
The first serious accident happened around 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, when a 2004 Porsche SUV was traveling westbound on Route 50 near Briar Patch Lane near Aldie, when for unknown reasons the vehicle crossed the center line and struck an eastbound 2013 Chrysler minivan occupied by six people. A backseat passenger in the minivan, Irene C. Ellisor, an 86-year-old woman from Huntsville, TX, lost her life at the scene. She was not wearing a seatbelt.
The driver of the minivan remains hospitalized at Inova Fairfax Hospital in critical condition. A front seat passenger was also taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital with serious injuries but has since been released. Two additional passengers in the back row were taken to Stone Springs Medical Center and a third backseat passenger was taken to the Cornwall Campus of Inova Loudoun Hospital. All occupants in the minivan were adult females from Texas.
The driver of the SUV was taken to Stone Springs Medical Center and later transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital. She has since been released. Case is pending review by the Office of Commonwealth’s Attorney.
Then around 12:50 a.m. on Sunday an alcohol-related crash took the lives of a motorcyclist and his wife after they were struck by a 2012 BMW 750Li driven by Mark A. Sgarlata, 52, of Ashburn, VA.
A preliminary investigation indicates that Sgarlata was making a left turn into the shopping center at Junction Plaza from Ashburn Farm Parkway when he struck a 2006 Harley Davidson being operated by Patrick Wrenn, Jr., 52, of Ashburn. The motorcyclist and his passenger, Leia Wrenn, 44, of Ashburn, VA, were thrown from the motorcycle. The two succumbed to their injuries at a local hospital.
Sgarlata was charged with DUI and two counts of felony aggravated involuntary manslaughter. Sgarlata was not injured during the crash. He remains held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.
Finally, the Virginia State Police are investigating a single-vehicle accident that occurred on Evergreen Mills Road Sunday morning at 1:38 a.m. The crash happened near the intersection of Evergreen Mills Road and Reservoir Road in Leesburg where a 1994 Ford Explorer was northbound on Evergreen Mills Road. As it came through a curve, it crossed the center line, ran off the left side of the road and slid into a tree. The impact of the crash caused the SUV to catch fire and it quickly became engulfed in flames.
The two occupants of the vehicle both died at the scene. The bodies have been transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner to confirm the identifications of the individuals. The initial investigation indicated that speed was a factor in the crash, but the investigation is ongoing.