Two Loudouners involved in Fairfax fatal crash

Two Loudouners involved in Fairfax fatal crash
By Emily Tjelmeland

Two Loudoun residents were involved in a crash April 29, and one has
since died, according to Fairfax Police.

Sterling resident Haik Vartanian, 53, was crossing Leesburg Pike at
Old Gallows Road and had just entered the second traffic lane when he
hesitated. Vartanian, who was not in the crosswalk, was in the path
of a 2000 Nissan sedan, which struck him. The vehicle was driven by
Courtenay Byron Hicks, a 34-year-old Potomac Falls resident.

Vartanian was transported via a Fairfax Police helicopter to Inova
Fairfax Hospital in critical condition, and succumbed to his injuries
the next day. Hicks, who was not injured, has not been charged in the

According to investigators, speed and/or alcohol were not factors in
the crash.

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