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Two students killed, another injured in crash near Oakton High

The crash scene on Tuesday at Blake Lane and Five Oaks Road in the Oakton area of Fairfax County.
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Two Oakton High School students were killed and another was critically injured Tuesday when two vehicles collided and spun at an intersection where the youths were walking, Fairfax County police said.

The victims, all teenage girls, were a block from school, police said. This is the final week of the academic year at Oakton and Tuesday was an early-release day, with classes ending at 11:30 a.m., shortly before the crash.

The crash occurred about 11:45 a.m. at Blake Lane and Five Oaks Road in the Oakton area, on the opposite side of Route 66 from the school, according to Maj. Eli Cory, a police spokesman. He said the girls, whom he did not identify, were taken to a hospital, where authorities said two of them were pronounced dead. He also said the third teen’s injuries were life-threatening.

The driver and a passenger in one of the vehicles were injured but not seriously, he said. Both are juveniles. It was unclear whether they are Oakton students.

Cory said a BMW was traveling south on Blake at high speed, while the driver of a Toyota 4Runner, headed north on Blake, was attempting to turn left onto Five Oaks.

“He was waiting for a group of three juveniles to clear the intersection,” Cory said. “Once the juveniles cleared the intersection, he started his turn.”

The BMW stuck the Toyota, then “ricocheted off the side of the road, hit the three pedestrians, hit a pole on the side of the road and finally came to rest down the street,” he said.

The girls were walking along Blake and had just crossed Five Oaks before the Toyota driver tried to turn, Cory said.

A woman who lives near the intersection said she and her husband looked out after the crash and saw three girls on the ground. Then people began waving for help, according to the woman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to protect her privacy. She said that before emergency workers arrived, someone performed CPR one of the girls.

Before the collision, the girls were walking south on Blake toward Five Oaks, said Bashar Shakra, a 16-year-old Oakton sophomore who was walking about 50 feet behind them. He said the BMW came up behind him “really, really fast,” its horn blaring as it neared the turning 4Runner. He said he stopped and turned away from the imminent collision, then heard “a big bang, like a really loud bullet shot, and the screeching.”

When he turned back, he said, “that’s when I saw the cars all destroyed.” He said he had a view of only one of the girls, who was on the ground, not moving. He did not know the girls’ names, he said. He said pedestrians and residents quickly gathered at the scene, trying to help.

The BMW driver and a front-seat passenger stayed at the scene until first responders arrived, police said. They were taken to a hospital and had injuries that were not life-threatening, Cory said. Two people in the back seat of the BMW “fled” after the crash and are being sought by police, he said.

“We know who they are,” Cory said. He said that after a crash, passengers and drivers are required by law to stay at the scene.

Another police spokesman, Lt. James Curry, said everyone who was in the BMW is a juvenile. He said the adult driver of the Toyota was alone and treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Jamie S. Lane, Oakton’s principal, said in a letter to families and staff members that a crisis team would be at the school on Wednesday, and that the school would have the “utmost flexibility” over attendance and completing exams in the final week.

“We are devastated to learn this news and are grieving the loss of these students,” Lane wrote.

Nicole Asbury contributed to this report. An earlier version of this story reported that the crash occurred Monday. It occurred Tuesday. An earlier version also misspelled the last name of Bashar Shakra. This version has been corrected.

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