Teen Faces DUI Manslaughter Charges for Fatal Crash in Falls Church

Authorities have arrested a teen driver on DUI-related manslaughter charges in connection with a crash that resulted in the death of a teen passenger and severe injuries to four other passengers in Falls Church, Virginia back in November. The 17-year-old was arrested at his Pimmit Hills residence last Thursday, according to the Fairfax County Police. The names of both the driver and the deceased passenger have not been revealed.

Police reports stated that the driver was under the influence of alcohol and speeding in a 2003 model Lincoln Aviator, with five passengers aged between 14 to 17 – none wearing seat belts, on Shreve Road at about 5 a.m., Monday, November 20. He lost control of the vehicle while going up a hill, resulting in a crash into a tree close to Pioneer Lane. The passengers were all thrown out of the SUV due to the impact.

Local residents of the neighborhood, located near Interstate 66 and the Capital Beltway, heard the crash and quickly came out to assist. The injured teenagers were immediately rushed to a hospital, where sadly, one of them succumbed to their injuries a week later.

The driver is currently being held at the county jail without bond. It is not yet known whether he has legal representation. The police are urging anyone with relevant information about the case to come forward. The story is still developing and more details will be updated by NBC Washington.

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