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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/31/2012

Police search for suspect in fatal hit-and-run in Fauquier County

A 58-year-old Virginia man was killed in a hit-and-run in Fauquier County, authorities said.

Douglas Rabren, of Stafford, was killed shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday while driving on Route 17 in the county, about a mile south of Route 28.


Diego Vazquez Mendoza (Virginia State Police)
Virginia State Police said Rabren’s car was rear-ended by a pickup truck driven by 32-year-old Diego Vazquez Mendoza, of Culpeper.

The impact pushed Rabren’s car into another vehicle on Route 17. Rabren’s and Mendoza’s vehicles both ran off the right side of the road.

Rabren died at the scene and his passenger, 59-year-old Debra Rabren, was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the third vehicle involved in the crash was not injured.

Mendoza fled from the scene on foot before troopers arrived, and state police continue to search for him.

Mendoza’s last place of residence was 400 James Madison Highway, also known as the Sleep Hollow Motel Trailer Park, in Culpeper County.

Anyone with information can call 540-829-7771 or e-mail todd.ralls@vsp.virginia.gov.

By  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/31/2012

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