Driver Charged in Rt. 7 Fatality

A North Carolina man was indicted this week on a misdemeanor reckless driving charge in connection with a fatal crash on Rt. 7 last fall.

The crash happened Nov. 1, 2016, in the eastbound lanes of Rt. 7 just west of Leesburg.

According to court documents, 44-year-old Steven Snead had his Jeep Cherokee pulled over on the shoulder of the highway, with the vehicle completely off the pavement and the hazard lights activated. Zebulon Downing, 24, of Charlotte, NC, was eastbound in a Jeep Wrangler and slammed into the parked vehicle. Snead was killed in the crash.

Downing told investigators that he was unfamiliar with the road and was traveling with his cruise control set at 55 miles per hour.

A jury trial has been set in the case, beginning Sept. 14 in Loudoun Circuit Court.

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