Boy killed after police pursuit in Fairfax City was 14-year-old from D.C.

September 22, 2013

The boy killed in a high-speed crash in Fairfax City over the weekend during a police pursuit was identified as Marquette Bell, 14, of the District, authorities said Sunday.

The teen was a passenger in a Honda Accord operated by a 15-year-old driver that authorities said was traveling more than 100 mph when the crash occurred. The crash, at 12:47 a.m. Saturday, came about two minutes after the police chase began, according to the Virginia State Police.

The 15-year-old driver is facing charges including involuntary manslaughter, attempting to elude police, hit-and-run and driving without a license. Police did not release the driver’s name because he is a juvenile.

According to authorities, the police pursuit began early Saturday when a Virginia State Police trooper saw the vehicle driving erratically and at a high rate of speed. The trooper turned on his lights to initiate a traffic stop but the Honda sped away, soon approaching the intersection of Route 29 and Route 50 in Fairfax City, police said.

The Honda ran a red light and struck a Toyota Camry that was driving through the intersection with a green light, police said. After the crash, the 15-year-old climbed out of the Honda and tried to flee but was taken into custody, police said. Marquette died at the scene.

Both the 15-year-old and the driver of the Camry suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. The incident remains under investigation.

Donna St. George writes about education, with an emphasis on Montgomery County schools.
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