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Driver charged in Dec. 2, 2023 death of pedestrian on Center Street, Manassas

After an extensive investigation and consultation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office, a charge of Involuntary Manslaughter was sought and obtained for the driver of the van in the DWI crash that resulted in the death of a pedestrian on Dec. 4, 2023.

The driver, Jose Rafael Lizama, 47, was taken into custody at his residence in Manassas Park on Jan. 2., 2024 without incident. He was then transported to the Prince William County Adult Detention Center where he was held without bond.
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Fatal DWI Crash
On December 2, 2023, at 11:01 p.m., Manassas City Police responded to the 8900 block of Center Street for an Auto Accident with a Pedestrian being struck. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased by emergency medical personnel. The driver of the vehicle, a white 2008 Ford E350, involved in the accident was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. Investigators are still reviewing, collecting, and processing the evidence to determine the details of the incident. We will not be releasing further information on the case at this time as the investigation is ongoing. The Manassas City Police is seeking any video footage that may have been taken of the incident. Please contact our Investigative Services Division at 703-257-8088.

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