A Fairfax family is in mourning for two of their daughters who were killed in a single-vehicle crash early Monday morning.
County police said Victoria Stefan, 25, and Elizabeth Stefan, 22, died on impact when their 2003 Jaguar hit a Jersey barrier on West Ox Road near the intersection of Lee Highway around 2:30 a.m.
Eva Stefan, the mother of both women, said police came to her house at 6:45 a.m. Monday to tell her and her husband that one of their daughters was dead. After speaking with police, they discovered that a second daughter had been killed in the same crash.
"They told me that they had found Elizabeth's passport in the car and identified her that way," said Eva Stefan. "We then found out that Victoria had been the driver."
Police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said it looked like the vehicle was traveling southbound on West Ox Road when Victoria Stefan attempted to turn right onto the ramp to Route 29. She continued through the intersection and struck a barrier head-on. Both sisters died on impact.
As of Monday evening, police had not yet determined the cause of the crash, but said they believed that both women had their seat belts fastened. "Alcohol has not been identified as a causative factor at this time," Caldwell said Monday. Speed, however, may have been a partial factor, according to Caldwell.
Eva Stefan said police told her that no alcohol had been immediately detected.
"I don't really know, but I think they had been out with friends and were on their way home," she said.
Both sisters were graduates of Fairfax High School. Eva Stefan said that Victoria graduated in 2003 and Elizabeth in 2005. Victoria had been a high-school cheerleader before graduating from James Madison University this year with a degree in Justice Studies.
"She was about to start a job with the commonwealth on Jan. 11," Eva Stefan said.
Elizabeth, who went more commonly by the name "Lisi," became a professional model at age 16.
Eva Stefan is originally from Sweden and was crowned Miss Sweden in 1974. She was also a contestant in the Miss Universe pageant that year.
As a model, Elizabeth routinely traveled to exotic locales such as Greece, China and Dubai, according to her mother. She last worked for Race Model Management in New York City.
"She was a very smart, beautiful girl who had the potential to be a lot of things," said Dani Bongiorno, a principal at the modeling agency.
Bongiorno said that Lisi Stefan was living in New Jersey with some other models and photographers and had just completed a modeling shoot on Dec. 22 before heading back to Fairfax for the holidays.
Bongiorno said Lisi Stefan had worked at Race since 2007. "Lisi was always smiling and lifting the stressful mood around the office," she said.
Eva Stefan said she raised her three daughters to be very close because she felt distant from her own siblings growing up. "I raised them that way and they were very, very close," she said tearfully.
The two sisters are survived by their parents, Bill and Eva Stefan, and their older sister, Alexandra, 29.
Staff Writers Kali Schumitz and Lorin Buck contributed to this report.