Virginia State Police

Virginia State Police on Tuesday said they have identified a driver who died Sunday in an early morning crash near Ashburn, but who was not discovered for more than seven hours.

The driver, identified as 26-year-old Katherine A. Richardson of York, Pennsylvania, was found dead at the scene. Police say the crash occurred at 1:19 a.m. and was discovered shortly after 8 a.m. Sunday morning by another driver.

Richardson was driving a 2018 Hyundai Sonata westbound along Route 267.

Her vehicle ran off the road at the Exit 6 ramp for Rt. 772/Ashburn Village Road, collided with an impact attenuator — otherwise known as an crash cushion, — continued moving through a steep embankment with thick landscaping and struck a Washington Metro Power Transfer building, according to the VSP statement.

Richardson’s vehicle could not immediately be seen from the road due to the landscaping, according to police. The crash remains under investigation.

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