One person was killed during a police pursuit of an underage, non-licensed driver that ended in a fatal crash just after midnight Saturday in Fairfax City, police said.
Just outside the Fairfax City limits at about 12:45 a.m., a Virginia State Police trooper began chasing a Honda Accord "that was driving erratically at a high rate of speed heading west on Route 236," according to Corinne Geller, Virginia State Police director of communications.
Geller said when the trooper activated his emergency lights in an attempt to stop the Honda, it sped away.
As the Honda approached the intersection of Route 29 and Route 50 in Fairfax City, it ran the red light and continued into the intersection.
The Honda then struck a Toyota Camry.
"The Camry had the green light and was coming through the intersection when it was struck," Geller said.
The driver of the Honda then ran from the crash but was quickly captured by the trooper. The 15-year-old male driver was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
The Honda driver's male passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. State police are still in the process of notifying the passenger’s next of kin, Geller said.
The driver of the Honda has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, one felony count of attempting to elude police, one felony count of hit-and-run, and driving without a driver’s license.
The driver of the Camry, Yassin A. Fereva of Fairfax, was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, police said.
The incident remains under investigation.
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