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Driver charged with leaving passenger to die in crash

Vicente Vides Vasquez (Photo: Fauquier County Sheriff's Office)

GAINESVIILE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia driver who police say ran off and left one of his passengers to die after crashing an SUV has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Vicente Vides Vasquez, 21, of Warrenton has also been charged with hit-and-run causing death and driving without a license.

Prince William County Police say the crash occurred before 3 a.m. Monday on U.S. 15 in Gainesville. They say Vides Vasquez fled the scene after losing control of a Toyota 4-Runner.

A backseat passenger, 38-year-old Jose Romero Maldanado, was thrown from the vehicle when the SUV rolled and pronounced dead at the scene. A front-seat passenger suffered minor injuries.

Deputies in neighboring Fauquier County found Vides Vasquez Monday afternoon uninjured walking along a roadway.

Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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