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Arlington Police charge teen with DUI, involuntary manslaughter following fatal crash

Detectives say the driver of a sedan was attempting to make a U-turn when he was struck and killed by an alleged drunken driver who was speeding.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Arlington County Police Department has charged a teenage boy with DUI and involuntary manslaughter following a fatal collision in the Rock Spring neighborhood early Friday morning.

Around 12:29 a.m. on Friday, officers were sent to Old Dominion Drive at Williamsburg Boulevard for the report of a crash with injuries involving two cars. At the scene, first responders located an unoccupied SUV on fire. The fire was quickly extinguished by the Arlington County Fire Department.

The driver of the second involved vehicle, a sedan, was located unresponsive inside his car and pronounced dead at the scene.

Preliminary investigation indicates the driver of the sedan was attempting to make a U-turn on Old Dominion Drive when he was struck by the SUV that was speeding. The driver of the SUV was taken into custody at the scene.

The boy is currently being held in a juvenile detention facility.

Police believe alcohol is a factor in the crash. 

The deceased driver of the sedan has been identified as a teenage boy who attended Washington-Liberty High School.

Tony Hall, Washington-Liberty High School Principal, took to Twitter on Friday to offer his condolences. Hall says on Monday, Nov. 14, and in the days after, the school will have counseling staff available for any student who feels they might need extra support regarding the loss of their classmate. 

The investigation into this collision remains active and ongoing.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact Detective S. Whalin at swhalin@arlingtonva.us or 703-228-4159. Information may also be reported anonymously to Arlington County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS


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