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Posted: Sunday, March 9, 2014 2:00 pm

Two women are dead and another critically injured after their Honda crashed into another vehicle and burst into flames early Sunday on Va. 234 in mid-Prince William County.

The wreck happened at 1:21 a.m. at Minnieville Road when a 2012 Honda Civic driven by a 61-year-old Woodbridge woman turned into the path of an oncoming GMC Envoy, said Prince William County police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

The Honda immediately went up in flames, trapping the driver and two passengers inside.

The first police officers on the scene used fire extinguishers to quell the flames and were able to cut the seat belts of the driver and back-seat passenger and get them out of the car. Despite the officers’ efforts, the passenger – identified as Francisa Knauf, 60, of Triangle, was pronounced dead at the scene, Perok said.

A 35-year-old woman, Gisela Zuniga, 35, of Woodbridge, couldn’t be rescued from the front seat until firefighters arrived. She was flown by helicopter to a trauma center, where she died, Perok said.

The Honda’s driver remained in critical condition Sunday afternoon.

The GMC’s driver and passenger – a 39-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man, both of Delaware -- were also injured. Both were flown by helicopter to trauma centers, and have since been treated and released, Perok said.

Police said the driver of the Honda was traveling south on Va. 234 and attempted to make a left turn on a red light onto Minnieville Road, causing a t-bone collision. The 2003 GMC Envoy was traveling north on Va. 234 on a solid green light.

The Honda driver is Gisela Zuniga’s mother-in-law, police said. The three women in the car were traveling from Centreville to Dale City.

All of involved in the crash wore their seatbelts and alcohol and drug use do not appear to be factors, Perok said.

“Speed being a factor is still under investigation,” he said.

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  • ripgisela posted at 5:02 pm on Thu, Feb 26, 2015.

    ripgisela Posts: 1

    @tuefelhunden your comments need to be left to yourself. A year later and we are still grieving and looking for answers.

  • doyouknowwhatyoutalkinboutman posted at 11:35 am on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    doyouknowwhatyoutalkinboutman Posts: 5

    That statement is RIDICULOUS! What difference would it have made if the Bi-County Pkwy was open or not? This was DRIVER ERROR that has NOTHING to do with road conditions!

  • doyouknowwhatyoutalkinboutman posted at 11:32 am on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    doyouknowwhatyoutalkinboutman Posts: 5

    How is SPEED a factor when the Honda ran a RED LIGHT?!? Very unfortunate but the 61 yr old woman made a FATAL MISTAKE! The GMC didn't have a chance to apply their brakes which is why they T-BONED the Honda!

  • barbd59 posted at 10:18 am on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    barbd59 Posts: 4

    This is so sad. what about some prayers for the familys that lost loved ones, do cut them down and call people stupid. GOD BLESS YOU ALL MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS SENT YOUR WAY

  • bugmenot posted at 11:40 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    bugmenot Posts: 448

    Unfortunately once Terry McAuliffe approves the bi-county parkway these deadly accidents are going to be common place.

  • TuefelHunden posted at 11:23 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    TuefelHunden Posts: 281

    I don't care how cruel it is. That intersection you can see about 2 miles down the road to see vehicles coming on a clear day (for which this past Saturday was a clear day). Not only that but there are TWO left turn lanes and TWO red left turn arrows when there is oncoming traffic. Truth is this driver was stupid and her stupidity cost lives.

  • ammcgee7 posted at 7:36 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    ammcgee7 Posts: 19

    Tuefel, that comment is overly harsh. You weren't in the car so you have no way of knowing what the circumstances were that caused her to pull in front of an oncoming car. Even if you think that way, please keep it to yourself. The family would probably see it as extremely cruel. At least have some consideration for them, if for no one else.

  • TuefelHunden posted at 6:45 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    TuefelHunden Posts: 281

    In some instances, people pay the ultimate price for stupidity (and sadly take a couple with them). This is one such case....

    The DARWIN award goes to Gisela Zuniga’s mother-in-law (for driving the Honda)...

  • kl posted at 11:13 am on Sun, Mar 9, 2014.

    kl Posts: 172

    Sad. My condolences to the family


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