Man Struck, Killed by Taxicab on I-66

By Megan McGrath
|  Monday, Apr 4, 2011  |  Updated 8:38 AM EDT
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Taxi Driver Found After Deadly Hit-and-Run

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Taxi Driver Found After Deadly Hit-and-Run

Police said they have found a taxi driver who they say hit a man on Interstate 66.
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A man was struck and killed by a hit-and-run taxi driver on Interstate 66 after he walked into the middle of the highway to vomit, according to police.

It happened around 3 a.m. Sunday on westbound I-66, near Route 7 in the Falls Church area.

Daniel Park, 23, of Herndon, Va., was a passenger in a BMW sedan. The driver pulled over to the shoulder, and Park got out because he was sick and walked into the travel lanes. He was hit by the cab and died at the scene.

Based on interviews with the victim's friends and evidence collected from the scene, police believe Park was hit by a white Ford Crown Victoria taxicab. The rooftop taxi light was recovered at the scene, police said.  Police believe the taxi had D.C. plates.

Police said late Sunday that they believe they had found the taxi cab driver who was allegedly involved in the incident. 

Investigators are now asking for help in finding two passengers who were in the back of that taxi when the fatal hit and run occurred.

Police say the passengers were not involved in the accident, but are witnesses. Investigators want them to confirm information provided by others on the scene.

The taxi picked up the passengers outside the Lucky Bar in Northwest. They were driving west on I-66 when they came upon the BMW pulled over on the right shoulder.

The cab driver told police that he dropped the passengers off at the Vienna metro station.

Investigators are asking those passengers to contact Virginia State Police.

The accident and investigation led to the closure of westbound I-66 for several hours. It reopened at 11 a.m.

Anyone with information about the incident should call state police at 703-803-0026.

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