A 38-year-old Leesburg man who is alleged to have caused a traffic accident July 28 that killed a teacher has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, Leesburg police said.
Police said David W. Brangard of the 700 block of Balls Bluff Road ran a red light at Sycolin Road and the Route 15 Bypass in Leesburg about 8:20 p.m. As he entered the intersection, his Chevrolet was hit by a Toyota RAV4 driven by Dana L. Andrews, 33, who was traveling west on the bypass.
Andrews, who was not wearing a seat belt, was partially thrown from her SUV and died at the scene, according to court documents. Brangard suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Andrews, of Haymarket, was preparing to begin her first year working for Loudoun County public schools. She was scheduled to teach at Arcola Elementary School in Aldie, schools spokesman Wayde B. Byard said. He said Andrews was a graduate of Loudoun County High School in Leesburg.
Byard said school officials were saddened by Andrews's death. "We were very much looking forward to having her back," he said.
Police said Brangard was involved in a fender bender moments before the crash. According to court documents, Brangard had just rear-ended another vehicle that was stopped at the red light at Sycolin Road.
Brangard yelled for the other driver to "pull it over," and that driver pulled onto the shoulder of Route 15 and got out of his vehicle, court records say. Brangard "instead swerved to the left and began accelerating across the Route 15 bypass," wrote Leesburg Police Officer Bruce W. Wolff.
Brangard also was charged with hit-and-run. He is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 16.