A teenager faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter after a woman died in a three-vehicle crash on Georgetown Pike in McLean last month.
While alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash, detectives have determined that the 16-year-old, male driver was going more than 80 mph in a section of the roadway with a 35-mile-per-hour speed limit, the Fairfax County Police Department reported today (Wednesday).
Karla Boggess, 62, of Berryville died in a hospital on March 13, four days after a 2020 Audi A5 hit her vehicle, a 2005 Nissan Sentra, while the cars were driving in opposite directions on Georgetown Pike.
According to police, the Audi driver was traveling west when he lost control of the car, crossed the double yellow line, and collided head-on with the eastbound Nissan in the 8800 block of Georgetown Pike. The Audi then spun into the path of an eastbound Toyota.
Boggess and the Toyota driver were both taken to the hospital, though the latter’s injuries were not life-threatening. The crash closed Georgetown Pike between Old Dominion Drive and Towlston Road for more than three hours.
Boggess represented Fairfax County’s first non-pedestrian fatality of 2022. A second came on March 30, when a man died after hitting a tree in Oakton.
Police obtained and served a petition for involuntary manslaughter for the teen Audi driver yesterday (Tuesday), according to the report.
The teen, who, as a minor, has not been publicly identified, is currently being held at the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center.
“Victim advocates from our Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to this case to ensure the victim’s family is receiving appropriate resources and assistance,” the FCPD said.
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Updated at 7:30 p.m. — Georgetown Pike has reopened, and the driver’s injuries are no longer considered life-threatening, though they remain in the hospital, police say.
Earlier: Georgetown Pike has shut down in McLean after a vehicle crash that sent two people to the hospital.
The Fairfax County Police Department said at 4:16 p.m. that officers are currently on the scene of the three-vehicle crash. A 1-mile stretch of Georgetown Pike is closed between Old Dominion Drive and Towlston Road.
According to police, one driver has been transported to a hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries, while another driver was taken to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.
Officers on scene of a three-vehicle crash. 1 driver taken to hospital w/injuries considered life-threatening. 1 other driver taken to hospital w/ non-life threatening injuries. Georgetown Pike between Towlston rd and Old Domionion Dr is shut down. Please avoid the area. #FCPD pic.twitter.com/9D9lukPJpU
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) March 9, 2022
This is one of several disruptive vehicle crashes reported in Fairfax County today (Wednesday).
A separate three-vehicle crash in Reston this morning sent one person to the hospital and shut down the Wiehle Avenue and Baron Cameron Avenue intersection. Crashes on Fairfax County Parkway and Old Keene Mill Road also resulted in injuries, and there was a crash on Stonecroft Boulevard in Chantilly.
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