A three-vehicle crash has claimed the lives of a mother and daughter and sent two additional people to the hospital in critical condition, including another of the woman’s daughters.
Dejon L'Air Williams, 27, of Cross Junction was killed shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday when the 2001 Honda Civic sedan Williams was driving struck a 2002 Honda Odyssey minivan pulling out of a parking lot off Lee Highway near Jermantown Road, according to Fairfax City Police.
“The Civic caught fire, and was extinguished before rescue teams arrived by a passing motorist who had a fire extinguisher,” said Fairfax County Police Spokeswoman Lynn Coulter.
The driver of the minivan, Mamidullah Nabizada, 38, of Woodbridge, was transported to the hospital in critical condition, as was Williams’ 7-year-old daughter, Victoria Williams.
Williams’ 5-year-old daughter, Faith Williams, was also transported to the hospital and later died.
Williams struck another vehicle just prior to the fatal accident and speed was a factor in the fatal crash, according to police.
“The driver sideswiped a vehicle while passing on the left. The driver then struck a median strip and continued east on Lee Highway at a high rate of speed,” police said in a release.
Court records show Williams had a history of moving violations including reckless driving and driving on a suspended license.
The fatal crash was the first in the City of Fairfax in 2012. The last fatal crash, involving a pedestrian, was on Dec. 30.