Super Shuttle Passenger Killed; Driver Charged | News
(WUSA) -- Suvash Darnal, of Nepal, was killed in the Super Shuttle van accident on the Dulles Access road on Monday. He was a grantee for the National Endowment for Democracy.
Monday morning, the van struck a jersey barrier in the eastbound lanes of the Dulles Airport Access Highway. The driver has been charged with reckless driving.
This isn't the first time that the driver has been charged with reckless driving. His name is Macadolf Hoffman. He is 59-years-old and from Woodbridge, Virginia. If he's found guilty, this will be his second reckless driving conviction.
Just last December, he got his first reckless driving charge. But before that he was cited for "failure to pay full time and attention while driving," "following to closely," "no driver's license" and "speeding."
Rob Yingling, spokesman for Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, says the accident happened around 7:30 a.m. on the eastbound Dulles Access Road at Trap Road.
According to Yingling, the Super Shuttle struck at least one jersey barrier. Four people were onboard the van when it crashed. One of the passengers was pronounced dead at the scene and and two other passengers were taken to a local hospital. The driver was fine.
The eastbound traffic was blocked on the Dulles Access Road at Trap Road.
The accident is still under investigation.
SuperShuttle released the following statement Monday night:
SuperShuttle can confirm that one of its vehicles was involved in an accident at approximately 7:30 a.m. on August 15, 2011 on the Dulles Airport Access Road. We are working closely with authorities and the investigators to understand the nature of the accident. We do not know the name of the fatally injured passenger as of this time and are waiting for verification by the police and for their family to be informed.
The driver has been identified as Macadolf (Mac-a-dolf) Hoffman. Mr. Hoffman has been a SuperShuttle franchisee since December 2009.
We take the safety of our passengers and drivers very seriously. We will continue to work closely with the investigators and will continue to do so until the details of the ongoing investigation are confirmed.