Driver Dies in Crash Near Harpers Ferry; Fairfax PD Investigates Fatal Rt. 28 Crash

It was a deadly weekend on area roads with three highway fatalities reported.

At 11 a.m. Sunday, Virginia State Police were called to the area of the Harpers Ferry Road/Rt. 340 intersection where a 1991 Volvo 940 had run off the road, struck several trees and went down a steep embankment. The driver, Ira Thornton Jones, 63, of Martinsburg, WV, and formally of Sterling, died in the crash. which remains under investigation. State Police Master Trooper R. E. Buracker said it appeared Jones suffered a medical emergency while behind the wheel. The investigation is continuing pending the results of the medical examiner’s review.

Fairfax County Police are investigating a fiery crash that killed two people early Saturday morning, just south of the Loudoun County border on Rt. 28. Investigators are seeking help to identify the victims.

The crash happened around 4:30 a.m. Feb. 16 on southbound Rt. 28 near the McLearen Road exit. The men were in a Honda CRV that was traveling above the speed limit and drove off the roadway, striking a utility pole. They died at the scene.

Because of the extensive fire damage, the victims could not be identified. Both appear to be light-skinned and under the age of 25, according to the report.

The driver has a tattoo spread across his chest of a large eagle with its wings spread out and holding a trophy in its talons. He was also wearing a gold chain with a notable clasp design.

Detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has information to call 703-280-0564.

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