Victim Identified; 15-Year-Old Charged in Fatal Crash

Monday, Sep 23, 2013  |  Updated 12:19 PM EDT
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A 15-year-old boy is accused of running a red light and crashing into a car late Friday. The 14-year-old passenger was killed, and now his family is speaking to News 4.

Derrick Ward

A 15-year-old boy is accused of running a red light and crashing into a car late Friday. The 14-year-old passenger was killed, and now his family is speaking to News 4.

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A 14-year-old passenger died when his 15-year-old driver fled from police and crashed in Fairfax County early Saturday, Virginia State Police said.

The victim has been identified as Marquette Bell, 14, of Washington, D.C.

Police say Bell's 15-year-old companion was driving a Honda Accord erratically in excess of 100 mph on Route 236 when a state trooper attempted to pull him over. But when the trooper activated his emergency lights, the Accord sped away, police said.

The Accord ran a red light at the intersection of Route 29 and Route 50 in Fairfax City, Va., striking a Toyota Camry that had the green light.

Bell died at the scene.

Police say the 15-year-old driver jumped out of the Honda and tried to flee, but was quickly apprehended by the trooper.

He has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, one felony count of attempting to elude police, one felony count of hit-and-run, and driving without a license. His name has not been released because he is a minor.

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

The incident remains under investigation at this time.

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