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Six teens in critical condition after crash in Fairfax County; teen driver arrested on DUI charge

By Matt Delaney,

18 days ago

Fairfax County police said they arrested and charged a teen with drinking and driving following an early Monday crash that left several juvenile passengers fighting for their lives.

County police Lt. Jim Curry said the young SUV driver was “likely traveling at a very high rate of speed” shortly before 5 a.m. when the vehicle crested the hill in the 2600 block of Pioneer Lane in Falls Church and crashed into a tree.

The collision sent the Lincoln SUV into a tailspin and ejected five teenaged passengers from the vehicle, police said. Lt. Curry said emergency responders had to extricate a sixth passenger from the car.

All passengers were being treated at hospitals for life-threatening injuries.

“What is clear is that speed and alcohol were absolutely factors of the crash," Lt. Curry said Monday near the crash site. "And most of the juveniles, from what we've been able to determine so far, were not wearing their seat belts.”

Lt. Curry said the driver, who was wearing a seat belt, was able to walk away from the wreckage.

Authorities said everyone inside the car was between the ages of 14 and 17.

The driver, who wasn’t identified, was charged with driving under the influence.

Police said the teen didn’t have a driver’s license.

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