John Morrow Stanton, 16, a junior at St. Stephen's School for Boys in Alexandria, was fatally injured Saturday when a car in which he was riding went out of control on Spring Hill Road near McLean and crashed into a tree. He was pronounced dead at Fairfax Hospital.

A Fairfax County police spokesman said the driver of the car, a 17-year-old Arlington youth, suffered minor injuries and was treated and released.

John was born in Fort Benning, Ga., and came to this area with his family about 10 years ago. After a year at St. Stephen's and another at Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, he returned to St. Stephen's for his junior year.

He was on the junior varsity basketball and football teams at St. Stephen's and had earned a high school letter in tennis at Mount Vernon.

John was a coach for the Mount Vernon all-star Little League girl's softball team, a summer camp counselor at St. Stephen's and a Boy Scout.

He attended St. James at Mount Vernon Episcopal Church.

Survivors include his parents, Army Lt. Col. James D. and Ann McCormack Stanton, two brothers, James D. Jr. and Daniel D., and a sister, Christina Ann, all of the home in Arlington; and his grandparents, Retired Army Col. Walter C. And Louisa Stanton, and Eleanor McCormack, all of Washington.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to St. Stephen's School for Boys in Alexandria or to the charity of one's choice.