Police Investigate Fatal Accident In Haymarket | News
HAYMARKET, Va. (WUSA) -- Police in Prince William County are investigating an accident in Haymarket that killed one teenager and sent four more teens to the hospital with critical injuries.
Officer Jonathan Perok, spokesman for Prince William County Police, says the crash occurred shortly after midnight on Logmill Road at James Madison Highway (Route 15). The five teenagers, all students at Battlefield High School, were traveling westbound on Logmill Road in a 2005 Dodge Magnum when the vehicle struck a deer in the roadway. Perok says the collision caused the 18-year-old behind the wheel to lose control and strike a tree.
Perok says the 15-year-old girl, Kendra Kaeleen Tucker, of Gainesville, was pronounced dead at the scene. A 14-year-old female of Gainesville is in critical condition at the hospital. A 15-year-old female of Haymarket, is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, according to police. A 17-year-old male of Gainesville, has been treated and released, police said. The 18-year-old male driver of the car is in the hospital in stable condition.
"Speed was definitely a factor in the crash," Perok said. None of the occupants were wearing seat-belts.
The mother of the driver showed up on the scene just twelve hours after the accident.
"I don't know whether to be mad or sad I just don't know. That's why I came here," said Shelly Suarez, the driver's mother.
Also on the scene was Yolanda Meffert. Her son, Derek Meffert, was killed in a car crash on the same road last August.
"Derrick will be 16 tomorrow, or he would have been 16 tomorrow," said Yolanda Meffert. "It feel like we're going through it all over again because now they are going to go through the same thing. Those poor parents."
Eighteen-year-old Steve Dixon was driving his Mazda when he struck another car on Logmill Road in August of 2010. Dixon, along with his passenger, 15-year-old Derek Meffert, died in the crash. Both were also students at Battlefield High School.
Questions are now swirling about why more has not been done to make Longmill Road less dangerous. Police say at least six teenagers have been killed on this road in the last ten years.
"Something has got to be done about this. How many more kids do we have to lose?" said Meffert.