Child, 6, dies after I-66 accident

Virginia State Police are investigating an accident that killed one child and left another seriously injured.

Senior Trooper D.J. Mabie is investigating the single-vehicle crash in Fauquier County. The crash occurred Oct. 14, 2018, at 12:15 p.m. on Interstate 66 at the 24-mile marker near the Route 17/55 interchange.

A 2018 BMW M3 was traveling east on I-66 when it ran off the right side of the interstate. The vehicle struck a sign post and several trees before spinning around and coming to rest against a fence.

A 6-year-old male passenger did not survive the crash and died Oct. 16, 2018 at Fairfax Inova Hospital. The child was wearing a seat belt, but was not properly secured in a booster seat, investigators said.

The driver, a 27-year-old male from Chantilly, and a 10-year-old male passenger were both transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. The driver was not wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries. The juvenile was wearing a seat belt and suffered serious injuries.

The crash remains under investigation. Charges are pending. Police did not release identities.

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