Men who died in taxi crash identified

Two men who died when an SUV driven by a suspected drunk driver slammed into a taxi in Fairfax County on Friday have been identified as Sterling residents Norbert Sebok, 29 and Jozsef Szathmari, 24.

A Chevy Trailblazer crossed the median of the Fairfax County Parkway near Wiehle Avenue around 1:45 a.m. Friday and struck a taxi head on, Fairfax County police said. Sebok and Szathmari, who were passengers in the taxi, were not wearing seatbelts. They died on the scene.

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The 47-year-old cab driver from Herndon suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital, police said.

Jimenez Benitez, 24, the driver of the SUV, was charged with two counts of aggravated involuntary manslaughter. He suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash.

Benitez’s speed and drinking are suspected to be factors in the crash, police said.

 
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