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Warrant issued in fatal crash
State Police seeking information in fatal hit-and-run in Fauquier

Date published: 12/31/2012

By Cathy Dyson

Virginia State Police have obtained a warrant for felony hit-and-run for the driver responsible for a fatal crash in Fauquier County two nights before Christmas.

State Trooper T.B. Ralls is investigating the incident, which occurred at 6:16 p.m. on Dec. 23, on U.S. 17 less than a mile south of State Route 28. A 2004 Scion was traveling south in the right lane of Route 17 when it was a rear-ended by a green Ford-150 pickup truck.

The impact pushed the Scion into a southbound 2010 Honda. Then the Scion and the pickup truck ran off the right side of the road together.

The driver of the pickup truck, Diego Vazquez Mendoza, 32, of Culpeper, fled on foot from the scene before troopers could arrive.

State police are still searching for Mendoza. His last place of residence was 400 James Madison Highway, also known as the Sleepy Hollow Motel Trailer Park, in Culpeper County.

The driver of the Scion, Douglas Rabren, 58, of Stafford died at the scene. The passenger, Debra Rabren, 59, of Stafford, was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The driver of the Honda was not injured.

Anyone with information about Mendoza's whereabouts is asked to call the Virginia State Police at 540/829-7771 or email Trooper Ralls at
Email: todd.ralls@vsp.vir ginia.gov.

--Cathy Dyson