Speeding was a factor in a Haymarket car crash that has left one student from Battlefield High School dead and four others with injuries, Prince William County police said.
The deceased was identified as 15-year-old Kendra Kaeleen Tucker of Gainesville.
The teens were traveling westbound on Logmill Road near James Madison Highway around midnight when the car struck a deer, spun out of control and then slammed into a tree, said Prince William County Officer Jonathan Perok.
“They were traveling well in excess of the posted speed limit,” Perok said. The speed limit on the road is 40 mph.
None of the passengers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, Perok said. It is unclear where the teens were headed.
Tucker was pronounced dead at the scene and four others were airlifted to a local hospital, according to police. A female passenger, 14, from Gainesville, and a 15-year girl from Haymarket are in critical condition. The 18-year-old male driver from Gainesville is in stable condition. A 17-year-old male passenger from Gainesville has been treated and released.
“We mourn the loss of the student,” said Ken Blackstone, the communications director for Prince William County Schools. Students are currently on spring break, but he said grief counselors will be on hand at Battlefield High on Saturday from 12 to 2 p.m. and when classes resume on Monday.
Logmill Road is shutdown as police investigate the accident. Prince William County police are conducting a reconstruction of the accident this morning, Perok said.
Last August, two teens were killed in another accident on Logmill Road in Haymarket. The driver lost control of the car and slammed into another vehicle, police said.
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