A 17-year-old boy died in a crash early Sunday morning after the driver of the car he was riding in swerved to avoid a deer.
Fairfax County Police say Steve Carbajal Fuentes of Springfield died at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
According to investigators, the driver, also 17, was driving southbound on Beulah Street around 3 a.m. when he came upon a deer in the road. The teen swerved to avoid the deer, causing the vehicle to slide and hit a telephone pole.
Both the driver and Fuentes were transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital where Fuentes sucumbbed to his injuries. He was a senior at Lee High School, and his aunt said he had planned to become a mechanic."
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"He was the man of the house, he took care of his mom," Judy Hernandez said. "Any time he would meet us he would say, 'Did you miss me?' I guess it's too late that he can't hear me, but I miss him."
The driver was treated and released. No charges have been filed.
The police department posted some tips on deer safety here.