Sunday, March 20, 2011
PINAY CAREGIVER DIES IN TOLL ROAD PILE-UP
A 50-year-old Filipina caregiver was killed in a fatal pile-up near a toll plaza of the Dulles Toll Road in Virginia on Friday evening.
The woman was identified as Marieta Rafanan Abejon, a native of Sta. Catalina, Ilocos Sur, according to Grace Valera of the Migrant Heritage Commission (MHC).
Abejon was a frequent volunteer in MHC’s free health clinics, Valera said.
Police reports say Abejon was sitting at the backseat of a car with four female companions when it abruptly stopped as they were crossing an E-Z pass lane of the Dulles Toll Road near Tysons Corner.
Valera said the group was enroute to Sterling, VA.
Their car was hit by a 2nd and then a 3rd car. The incident happened about 8:20 pm of March 18.
Investigators said the driver of the 2nd car pulled over after the collision but the 3rd car hit Abejon’s vehicle that was still stopped in the traffic lane.
The impact of the third car caused the most damage, the report showed.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority police arrested an unidentified male driver of the 2nd car involved in the mishap.
Rescue teams had to pull Abejon from the wreck. She was dead on arrival at the Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Five of those injured were also hospitalized for non-life-threating wounds.
Valera said Abejon was an active member of the El Shaddai Catholic charismatic group in the St. Stephen parish of Washington DC.
She was a full time nurse of the late Carmen Guevara, who was named one of the MHC’s 2009 Outstanding Migrant Awardee.
Valera said Abejon’s family in the Philippines has been given the tragic news.