LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. (WUSA) -- Virginia State Police have identified a driver who died Sunday night on Route 9.
State police say 36-year-old Satish Mallavaram of Ashburn died at the scene of the two-vehicle crash Sunday at 6:40 p.m.
Two other people, who were in a Toyota Forerunner, were flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital. Forty-eight-year-old Anna M. Castro and 39-year-old Jose Castro-Rivas, both of Vienna, Va., have life threatening injuries.
Both were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.
According to state police, Mallavaram's Toyota Yaris was traveling east on Route 9 when it swerved across the centerline and struck a westbound 1997 Toyota Forerunner head-on. A witness told authorities that the driver of the Yaris was pre-occupied with a handheld electronic device just moments before the crash. Virginia State Police say distracted driving does appear to be a factor in the crash, but the crash remains under investigation.
A neighbor, Bob Kallok, said this stretch of Route 9 can be dangerous.
"The challenge you have is you have a two lane road and cars are going in opposite directions and there's very little margin for error," he said.
Route 9 is also known as Charlestown Pike, and it's popular among commuters and people getting to and from the race track.
Police say last Christmas Eve, three men lost their lives in a crash along this road. Officers have even stepped up patrols to combat aggressive and distracting driving.
Route 9 was closed to traffic for a few hours after the accident. Route 9 re-opened to through traffic at approximately 10:45 p.m. Sunday.