Martin Chavez

Martin Chavez

A second person has died as a result of a two-vehicle crash that took place Christmas morning in Chantilly, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

Mohammad R. Malik, 80, of Chantilly, a passenger in the sedan involved in the crash near the intersection of Route 50 and South Riding Boulevard, died Jan. 9.

The alleged at-fault driver, 56-year-old Martin V. Chavez of Sterling, has been charged with an additional count of aggravated involuntary manslaughter and remains held at Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.

On Dec. 25 around 8:20 a.m., the sedan, which held five occupants, was stopped at a red light when a pickup truck struck it from behind.

Rashida Begum, 78, of South Riding was pronounced dead at the scene, while the remaining occupants were taken to the hospital — two with life-threatening injuries, two with non-life-threatening injuries.

Chavez was arrested following the incident and charged with aggravated involuntary manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.

A passenger in the pickup truck was reportedly taken to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

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Chavez better die in prison.


With our state now “blue”...good luck with this scum bag being held liable. Liberals need his vote this coming Nov. get ready for more of this to happen. Our great state of VA will be the likes of CA and other failing blue city and states.


8:20 in the morning? Drunk? I wonder if this is his first offense? Throw the book and 20+ years at him. There is no excuse today for driving drunk!

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