Man Killed in Thanksgiving Day Crash on Beltway in Virginia

A man has died after a car crash on the Capital Beltway early Thanksgiving morning, police say.

Christopher S. Padilla, 30, of Alexandria, was killed when his 2013 Honda Civil crashed into the back of a parked tractor-trailer in Franconia, Virginia, early Thursday, Virginia State Police said. 

The driver of the tractor-trailer had mechanical trouble early Thursday and pulled onto the right shoulder of I-495 just south of Exit 173/Van Dorn Avenue, police said. 

He inspected his vehicle and was about to drive away when he felt the impact of the crash. 

The front of Padilla's car was forced under the rear of the tractor-trailer.

A witness told News4 he saw the crash.

"It looked like they just veered off. The truck wasn't in the street, it was on the side," Marcus Johnson said.

Troopers were called to the scene about 3:35 a.m.

Padilla was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Traffic was moving steadily after the crash, but lanes on the right were blocked. 

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.

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