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Prince William police hold safe driving program following fatal accidents

Prince William County Police will host a safe driving program for Battlefield High School students Wednesday, just weeks after two Battlefield students were killed in a car accident.

The May 25 program will begin at 7 p.m. at the school, located at 15000 Graduation Drive in Haymarket. Prince William police officials said they will discuss common teen driving risks, teen-related licensing laws and the roles parents play when their children get behind the wheel.

Police officials said they wanted to initiate a safe driving program in the community following the April 20 accident along Logmill Road that killed Kendra Kaeleen Tucker and Savanna Kidane Mouratidis, both 15. Police said they were among five people riding in a 2005 Dodge Magnum when their driver hit a deer, lost control of the car and crashed into a tree. Police said speed was a factor in the crash and the teenagers were not wearing seatbelts.

Three other Battlefield students died in two separate accidents along Logmill Road last year.

Although police officials are focusing now on Battlefield students, they said they want to expand the safe driving program to other schools next year.

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