A second passenger in the sedan that was involved in the December 25, 2019 crash passed away last night from injuries sustained in the crash. Mohammad R. Malik, 80, of Chantilly passed away on January 9, 2020. The driver of the pickup truck, Martin V. Chavez, 56, of Sterling has been charged with an additional count of Aggravated Involuntary Manslaughter. Chavez remains held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond.
PREVIOUS Crash: The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a two vehicle crash that took the life of a South Riding woman. The crash occurred around 8:20 a.m. on December 25 in the area of John Mosby Highway (Route 50) near South Riding Boulevard. A sedan with five occupants was stopped at a red light when it was struck from behind by a pickup truck. Rashida Begum, 78, of South Riding, a passenger in the sedan, lost her life on scene. Two occupants inside the sedan were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Two other occupants were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the pickup truck, Martin V. Chavez, 56, of Sterling was charged with Aggravated Involuntary Manslaughter and Driving While Intoxicated. He is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond. A passenger in the pickup truck was transported to the hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. The crash remains under investigation by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Unit. Anyone who witnessed the crash and who has not already spoken to law enforcement is asked to contact Investigator D. Lake at 703-777-1021.
12/25/2019 0820 hrs.