Arlington County Police say speed was a factor in a deadly car crash near the Key Bridge in Rosslyn early Sunday morning. Three men in their early 20's were riding outbound across the bridge in a white BMW shortly before 5 a.m. Investigators say they were traveling at a high rate of speed between 80 and 90 mph. The car hit a curb at the median where the road curves to the right for traffic heading onto Fort Meyer Dr. Police say it rolled over about five times, before landing wheels up, in front of the Key Bridge Marriott.
The driver of the car, 21 year old Sami Ullah was trapped and died at the scene. The man in the back seat was thrown from the car and found lying unconscious in the bushes nearby. According to police, he suffered three broken vertebrae, a broken left scapula, pulmonary contusions, and hematoma around the heart. He is in a medically induced coma. VDOT crews were able to pull the front seat passenger from the car. He suffered significant head trauma and is currently sedated at the hospital.
Police are investigating to see whether speed was the only factor in the crash.