A 40-year-old man died after he drove the wrong way on Little River Turnpike and collided head-on with a Fairfax County police cruiser, police officials said.
About 12:20 a.m. Thursday, police responded to a domestic call in the 4800 block of Tapestry Drive. An officer approached Cicero I. Limberea in front of a home in that block and briefly spoke with him before Limberea left.
The officer then saw Limberea speed down Roberts Road in a Chevrolet Suburban and turn into oncoming traffic on Little River Turnpike. Limberea drove eastbound in the westbound lanes of Little River Turnpike for several miles, barely missing several vehicles, Fairfax County police officials said.
Meanwhile, the officer tracked Limberea's vehicle while staying in the eastbound lanes of Little River Turnpike and radioed information about the incident to other cops. Another officer was on his way to assist when his cruiser collided head-on with Limberea's Suburban in the westbound lanes of Little River Turnpike at the Capital Beltway overpass.
Limberea, of no fixed address, was pronounced dead at the scene. The officer, a 28-year-old man, sustained numerous injuries in the crash, was trapped in his vehicle and had to be cut out of his cruiser. He was then taken to a hospital where he was in stable condition Thursday morning, authorities said.
A police spokeswoman was not releasing details about the initial domestic incident Thursday morning. Police are investigating the incident and are looking to talk to witnesses to the crash. Anyone with information can call Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS.