Fatal Accidents in Fauquier, Stafford Counties

Virginia State Police are investigating two fatal traffic accidents, in Fauquier and Stafford Counties.

The first accident occurred Friday afternoon.  responded to a single-vehicle crash in Fauquier County on Route 17, approximately a half of a mile south of I-66. Trooper J.T. Price reported that a 2011 Hyundai Accent was traveling north on Route 17 when it ran off the right side of the road.

The vehicle struck a fence, struck a tree, spun around and struck a second tree. The driver, Todd W. Nichols, 28, of Bentonville, Va., was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he died later Friday. Nichols was not wearing a seat belt. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Early Saturday, Trooper M.E. Baker responded to a single-vehicle crash in Stafford County. The crash occurred at 5 a.m. on Route 616, less than a mile south of Harwood Lane. A 2000 Toyota Camry was southbound on Route 616 when it ran off the left side of the road as it came through a curve. The car struck a ditch, struck several mailboxes, overturned and struck a utility pole.

The driver, Philip Oliver, 20, of Fredericksburg, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car. Oliver died at the scene.