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.