Violent Crash Sends Car Airborne in Southeast D.C.

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    Authorities are investigating a crash early Friday morning near the Capitol that killed the 19-year-old driver. News4's Shomari Stone reports. (Published Friday, Mar 7, 2014)

    U.S. Capitol Police are investigating a fatal crash that sent a car airborne and into a tree in southeast Washington Friday morning.

    Police say the driver of the silver BMW SUV was speeding along northbound South Capitol Street SE about 3 a.m. when he crashed into a flower planter protecting the southeast vehicle entrance of the U.S. Capitol Police secure perimeter at D Street.

    Violent Crash Sends Car Airborne in Southeast D.C.

    [DC] Violent Crash Sends Car Airborne in Southeast D.C.
    U.S. Capitol Police are investigating a crash that sent a car airborne and into a tree in southeast Washington Friday morning. News4's Scott MacFarlane reports. (Published Friday, Mar 7, 2014)

    The car then went airborne, striking two trees before coming to rest vertically against one of the trees.

    The driver, 19-year-old Hunter B. Harries of McLean, was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

    Debris from the trees, flower planter and car were scattered across the roadway. Capitol Police said there was no sign of a police chase near the scene.

    Toxicology tests will determine whether Harries was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    Harries was a student at Rollins College in Florida.

    Vice President for Student Affairs Mamta Motwani Accapadi sent a message to the Rollins community saying, saying, "I am deeply saddened to share with you that we have recently learned that Hunter Harries, one of our students, was in a car accident and passed away. Our healing thoughts and prayers are with the Harries family and friends during this difficult time."