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UPDATED: Two Oakton High students die after teen driver crashes into SUV, pedestrians and utility pole

Update at 5:35 p.m. — Two of the three teenage pedestrians that were struck in a crash in Oakton this morning have died from their injuries, Fairfax County Police said. The three pedestrians that were struck were Oakton High School students, police said.

Earlier: Five juveniles were transported to the hospital this afternoon (Tuesday) after a car crashed into an SUV, then ricocheted into a group of three teenage pedestrians and a utility pole in Oakton, Fairfax County police said.

The three pedestrians have life-threatening injuries and the driver and front passenger of the car were transported with non-life-threatening injuries, Maj. Eli Cory said at a press conference. Rear passengers in the car — a white BMW — fled the scene, he said.

Just before noon, the BMW was traveling southbound on Blake Lane while a green Toyota 4Runner was traveling northbound. The 4Runner waited for the three teens to cross the roadway and then started to turn onto Five Oaks Road.

“The BMW, which we believe was traveling at a very high rate of speed, made impact with the Toyota on the front driver’s side of the vehicle, that caused the initial part of the crash to occur,” Cory said.

The white BMW then struck the three pedestrians and hit a pole before coming to a rest down the street, Cory said.

Officers were directing traffic this afternoon through the intersection, which had debris scattered around the south side of Blake Lane.

The toppled wooden utility pole was downed onto Blake Lane. A Dominion Energy truck arrived on the scene around 1:30 p.m.

Safety at the intersection is becoming a growing concern of some residents, including Nancy Degrendi, who lives nearby on Five Oaks Road.

Though she wasn’t present when the crash occurred, Degrendi could hear helicopters circling the neighborhood and came out to see what had happened after learning that there had been a crash from WTOP.

She says the intersection sees a lot of people walking to and from the nearby Vienna Metro station and Oakton High School, which had released students three hours early today. Mosaic Elementary School is also just half a mile away.

Traffic can be particularly tough in the mornings, when Degrendi takes her son to a nearby private school. In addition to worrying about vehicle speeds, she has complained to the Virginia Department of Transportation about northbound drivers making U-turns on Blake Lane.

“This intersection is becoming more and more of a problem,” Degrendi told FFXnow.

Angela Woolsey contributed to this report.

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