One dead in Fairfax City hot pursuit


UPDATE (9/22): Police have identified the person killed in the crash as Marquette Bell, 14, of Washington, D.C.  The Bell youth was riding in the Honda Accord that was being pursued by police when it collided with another car in Fairfax early Saturday.

The driver’s identity is not being released because he is a juvenile.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said the Honda was traveling at more than 100 miles per hour when it was spotted by a trooper who began his pursuit at 12:45 a.m. The accident happened two minutes later.


A 15-year-old male has been charged with involuntary manslaughter following an early-morning crash that ended a police chase in Fairfax City when the car being pursued ran a red light and slammed into another car, killing a passenger in the fleeing car.

Virginia State Police said the chase began at 12:45 a.m. when a trooper noticed a Honda Accord that was being driven erratically at a high rate of speed, headed west on Route 236. When the trooper tried to pull the car over, it sped away. As it approached the intersection of Routes 29 and 50, police said the Honda ran a red light and struck a Toyota Camry that had a green light.

The driver of the Honda then fled on foot but was apprehended by the trooper, police said. The 15-year-old was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Besides the manslaughter count, the driver was charged with one felony count of attempting to elude police, one felony count of hit-and-run, and driving without a driver’s license.

A passenger in the Honda died at the scene. State police are still in the process of notifying the male passenger’s next of kin.

The driver of the Camry, Yassin A. Fereva of Fairfax, was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.


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