LORTON, Va. (WUSA9) — A party bus carrying 16 passengers plus the driver, flipped over on I-95 in Lorton, Virginia. One man is dead and a woman is in critical condition.
Virginia State Police located and arrested a hit and run driver who caused a shuttle bus to overturn. This happened around 3 a.m. Sunday morning as the group was heading southbound on 95 from D.C. to Woodbridge, Va.
Surae Chinn talked with one of the victim’s father, Pat Tierno.
“My son called me and said we were in a major accident. I said a car or what? He said no a party bus.”
Pat Tierno’s 32-year-old son and 15 of his friends had left a D.C. club. They were almost home traveling southbound on I-95 at Lorton Road.
Witnesses say they saw a white car speeding down I-95 when the two vehicles collided. The bus then ran off the side of the road, hit the guard rail and overturned.
“I guess when it hit the guard rail it went airborne. At the end of it, there was only two people on the bus him and another girl. The other kids were scattered throughout the ground. I know a lot of these kids. I coached baseball. They grew up together. He was banged up, I mean blood just everywhere on his head. They’re all banged up. From broken bones to broken legs
Tierno’s son is in the emergency room with a broken nose and ribs, but one of his friends who was flown to the hospital later died.
“State police and everyone else said they’re lucky, they’re lucky they didn’t all run a fatality. It was bad.”
“Fortunately, due to witness information. Witnesses were able to provide us with a license plate and we were able to track that vehicle down at a residence,” Corinne Geller, Virginia State Police Spokesperson said. They found the car at 6:10 a.m. Sunday.
Police arrested 31-year-old Dumfries man for felony hit and run. Additional charges are pending.
Tierno chokes back tears and says, “It’s going to, I mean it’s going to be a long road, it’s going to be a long road for these kids. The thing is we always preach to these kids, do the right thing. They did the right thing. They rented a bus, yes they wanted to go out but they rented a bus and this is what happened.
A woman who was also life-flighted is in critical condition.
Nine of the bus occupants were ejected, police said.
Deceased is 24-year-old David Alberto Sanchez of Woodbridge.
Arrested is 31-year-old Raphael Manuel Barrientos of Dumfries.