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Three people die in separate car accidents in Virginia, Maryland

Two people were killed Friday in separate car crashes in Fairfax County, and a third was killed early Saturday in a crash in Frederick County, authorities said.

In the first crash, a woman was killed on Route 50 in the Chantilly area when her car went out of control, left the road and struck a pole, Fairfax County police said. Authorities identified her as Erika Alvarado, 39, of the Chantilly area.

They said she had been heading east near Sullyfield Circle when the crash occurred.

A preliminary investigation indicated that speed and alcohol may have been factors in the crash, police said.

In the second crash, a man died after two Honda Civics collided head-on Friday afternoon. This collision also took place in the Chantilly area, police said.

Authorities said the accident occurred on McLearen Road near Cobra Drive just before 4 p.m., when a westbound 2012 Civic left the road and then swerved into the eastbound lanes. The car hit a 2000 Civic, police said.

Chris Reams, 64, of Sterling, who was driving the older car, was killed, police said.

Police were still trying to determine the causes and circumstances of the collision, said Officer Bud Walker, a county police spokesman.

The third accident occurred about 3 a.m. Saturday on Route 340/15 West in Frederick County, Maryland State Police said.

Authorities said Matthew Lloyd Shook, 19, of the Frederick community of Adamstown was killed when his 1993 Civic left the road about five miles west of Frederick city and turned over “multiple times.” They said the preliminary investigation indicated that alcohol might have been a factor.

Max Ehrenfreund writes for Wonkblog and compiles Wonkbook, a daily policy newsletter. You can subscribe here. Before joining The Washington Post, Ehrenfreund wrote for the Washington Monthly and The Sacramento Bee.

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