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15-year-old charged in fatal Va. crash

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A fatal traffic accident in Fairfax, early Saturday morning, may have started as a carjacking in Washington, D.C. Police say the driver, who is 15-years-old, fled an attempted traffic stop at around 100 miles an hour. A passenger with him died in the subsequent crash, and a Fairfax County man in another vehicle was injured.

61 year old Yassin Fereja, an immigrant from Eritrea, who works two jobs to support his family, now has a broken arm from a traffic accident that could easily have killed him. It was an accident Virginia State Police tried to prevent.

But this story apparently begins in D.C. At 11:20 Friday night, on the 400 block of Newcomb St., SE, a brown Honda Accord was carjacked. An hour and 20 minutes later, at 12:45 a.m., a Virginia trooper noticed a brown Honda Accord speeding and driving erratically Westbound on Rt. 236, just outside the Beltway.

The trooper flipped on his lights, but the car took off even faster, sailing through the City of Fairfax, police believe, at about 100 miles an hour.

Mr. Fereja was driving home from one of his two jobs. He came to a red light at the corner of Routes 236 and 29. His car got the green, and he began to pull into the intersection.

Here's what Fereja told us: "I started moving, [and the] guy came all the way from this side, and he hit me on the driver's side. COULD YOU SEE HIM COMING? No, I didn't see him. I didn't see him. It was because the way he was driving was really, really fast."

A Virginia trooper agrees with that narrative: the striking car ran through a red signal, smashing hard into Mr. Fereja's vehicle. The impact scattered debris throughout the intersection.

Police say the driver of the striking vehicle attempted to flee on foot, but he was quickly apprehended. A male passenger was extricated from the striking vehicle. All three people wound up at Inova Fairfax hospital. The passenger in the speeding vehicle did not survive.

Police say the driver is 15 years old, and did not have a license. He is charged with hit-and-run, a felony count of eluding police, and involuntary manslaughter for the death of his passenger, whom Mr. Fereja believes was also a teenager.

The driver of the apparently stolen vehicle is expected to survive. He has not been identified because of his age.

Mr. Ferjea's left arm is in a temporary sling. ER physicians told him he may face surgery.

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