After lengthy search, arrest made in crash that killed Reston man

After a lengthy search, a 24-year-old Vienna man has been arrested in connection with a Sept. 1 crash that killed a Reston resident.

Carlos Alexander Torres Jr. was arrested Friday. Police believe Torres was driving the SUV that reportedly ran a red light as it was traveling southbound on Fairfax County and struck a car that was making a left turn from northbound Fairfax County Parkway onto Walnut Branch Road.

The driver of that car, Andrew Willingham, 37, was killed in the crash. Police believe alcohol was a factor in the incident.  Willingham was making a left turn on a green arrow.

The driver of the SUV reportedly fled on foot. Despite a helicopter-assisted search and the help of a K9 unit, the driver was not found. Detectives attempted to locate the driver by obtaining several search warrants. After a months-long search, Torres was finally tracked to a worksite in Montgomery County.

Police obtained warrants for felony hit and run, involuntary manslaughter, and driving with no operator’s license. They believe he was driving a family member’s Chevrolet SUV.

Anyone with more information about the crash is encouraged to contact FCPD by calling 703-280-0543. Residents can also submit tips using the instructions below:

Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web – Click HERE. Download our Mobile tip411 App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest. Please leave contact information if you wish for a detective to contact you.  

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