Not Guilty of Manslaughter in Fatal Haymarket Crash

Driver not guilty of involuntary manslaughter, guilty of reckless driving

By Mark Stephens
|  Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012  |  Updated 9:22 PM EDT
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Not Guilty of Manslaughter in Fatal Haymarket Crash

Christopher Suarez

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A Gainesville, Va., man on trial for the deaths of two friends in a high speed crash was found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter Tuesday.

Christopher Suarez, 19, was charged in the deaths of Savanna Mauratidis and Kendra Tucker, both 15. They were students at Battlefield High School in Prince William County.

In April 2011, they were in a car driven by Suarez that lost control and hit a tree after hitting a deer on Logmill Road in Haymarket. Police said Suarez was speeding on the unlit, hilly roadway.

He was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Prince William Circuit Court Judge Richard Potter found Suarez guilty of reckless driving but said there wasn't enough evidence to prove he was criminally negligent.

Suarez will be sentenced on June 7. He faces up to 12 months in jail.

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