Woman who died in Loudoun Co. crash that wasn’t discovered for 7 hours identified

A woman killed in a Loudoun County car crash early Sunday whose body went undiscovered for seven hours has been identified.

Twenty-six-year-old Katherine A. Richardson of York, Pennsylvania, was traveling west on Va. Route 267 when she ran off the road at the Exit 6 ramp for Va. 772/Ashburn Village at 1:19 a.m. Sunday, Virginia State Police said on Tuesday.



Richardson’s car struck a crash cushion, continued through the grass along a steep embankment then through thick landscaping, according to police.

It struck a Washington Metro Power Transfer building and was concealed from the road.

Richardson’s car was discovered shortly after 8 a.m. by a motorist.

Police said the crash remains under investigation.

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Editor and reporter for WTOP.com. He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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