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UPDATED: Police charge driver after Franconia crash kills one, injures 3 others

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(Updated at 2:40 p.m.) A 20-year-old woman was killed and three other people were injured in a vehicle crash early this morning (Thursday) in Franconia.

The single-vehicle incident occurred around 12:25 a.m. on Manchester Blvd at Beulah Street, Fairfax County police reported.

According to police, a 2005 Toyota Solara was traveling east on Manchester near Silver Lakes Boulevard when it left the roadway and struck a telephone pole before coming to a stop.

An officer on patrol found the vehicle with its passenger side wrapped around a utility pole, trapping two occupants. The front-seat passenger, identified as Lorton resident Danight Girmay, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Toyota’s driver, Sara Flores, 20, of Lorton, and the two male passengers seated in the back of the vehicle were transported to a hospital. One person’s injuries were initially considered life-threatening, but their condition was later upgraded to non-life-threatening.

Manchester was closed until 5:30 a.m. for the crash reconstruction team and utility pole repairs.

The Fairfax County Police Department announced around 2:30 p.m. that Flores will be served with a warrant for driving under the influence when she’s released from the hospital.

“Detectives from our Crash Reconstruction Unit determined speed was also a factor in the crash,” the department said. “Additional charges are pending. Details of the investigation will be presented to the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for review.”

Girmay is the third person killed in a vehicle crash in Fairfax County this year who wasn’t a pedestrian. At this point in 2021, the county had recorded one such fatality, according to police.

Angela Woolsey contributed to this report.

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