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County Police investigate fatality after Saturday morning collision at car wash in Manassas

Fatal Crash Investigation – On March 24 at 8:45AM, investigators from the Prince William County Police Department’s Crash Investigation Unit responded to Soaps and Suds Carwash located at 9725 Liberia Ave in Manassas (20110) to investigate a pedestrian-involved crash, according to Officer A.R. Eguino, police department spokesman.

According to the police report, the investigation revealed that a male employee of the business was attempting to move a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee from the back entrance of the car wash after the vehicle had been washed. As the vehicle proceeded forward, it collided with a 2011 Dodge Ram which then hit a 2011 Scion XD.  The vehicle then struck a female employee who was in the parking lot of the business.

The female employee was transported to an area hospital where she died as a result of her injuries from the collision, Officer Eguino said, and a female customer sustained minor injuries as she moved to avoid the collision.

The owner of the Jeep remained on scene and was uninvolved in the incident. At this time, the cause of the collision is under investigation, according to the police department spokesman.


The deceased employee was identified as Paula Margarita ROGEL, 38, of Manassas.

The other employee was identified as a 19-year-old man of Manassas.

The customer was identified as a 56-year-old woman of Manassas.

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