Teen killed in crash was pas­sen­ger

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Tom Jack­man

A Prince Wil­liam County teenager, who was the pas­sen­ger in a car ap­par­ently driven by an un­li­censed 14-year-old, was killed Fri­day morn­ing when the car veered off the road and hit a tree in south­ern Fair­fax County, po­lice said Satur­day.

The 15-year-old vic­tim’s name was not re­leased. The driver and three other 15-year-olds from Prince Wil­liam in the car were in­jured, Fair­fax po­lice said. Two of those teens have been re­leased from the hospi­tal.

Po­lice ini­tially iden­ti­fied the driver as the vic­tim. Lt. Eli Cory said Satur­day that in­for­ma­tion was wrong.

Po­lice de­clined to re­lease the name or home town of the 15-yearold pas­sen­ger. The Vir­ginia Gen­eral Assem­bly passed a law last year pro­hibit­ing the re­lease of the names of ju­ve­nile crime vic­tims and Cory said the pas­sen­ger may have been the vic­tim of a crime if the driver is found to have bro­ken the law.

The crash oc­curred about 11:20 a.m. Fri­day near Lor­ton Road and Fur­nace Road in the Lor­ton area of Fair­fax. Po­lice said a Nissan Max­ima was head­ing south on Fur­nace Road when it left the road, struck a tree and flipped.

The 15-year-old pas­sen­ger was pro­nounced dead at the scene. Po­lice did not be­lieve al­co­hol was a fac­tor in the crash. In­ves­ti­ga­tors were still try­ing to de­ter­mine if speed was a fac­tor. Cory said the vic­tim, riding in the back seat, was wear­ing a seat belt, as were the driver and the front pas­sen­ger, but it was not clear if the other two rear pas­sen­gers were belted in.

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