Charges are pending against a 19-year-old man after he caused a deadly head-on crash while attempting to pass another car in Fauquier County on Monday, Virginia State Police said.
Savion M. Rojas-Smith, of Remington, was driving a 2016 Ford Fusion at a “high rate of speed” along Route 651 (Freemans Ford Road) near Route 659 (Fox Groves Road) at about 2:50 p.m. Monday, police said Tuesday.
He crossed the double solid yellow center lines to pass a car in front of him and collided head-on with a 2013 Honda Accord, police said.
The Ford continued off the side of the roadway and flipped several times, killing the two passengers. Kathya C. Alfaro-Fuentes, of Warrenton, was 19. Jamal J. Lambert, of Bealeton, was 20.
Rojas-Smith was seriously hurt, police said.
A 44-year-old woman from Marshall was driving the Honda. She was seriously hurt. A 13-year-old boy and 48-year-old man in the car have life-threatening injuries.
Chopper4 footage showed significant damage to both cars. Debris and car doors scattered the roadway.
With flowers in hand, Alfaro-Fuentes' family walked on Tuesday to the dirt field where the Ford made its final stop. They held each other and cried as they set up a memorial to her in the spot where she lost her life.
“I miss her so much that I have called her phone and texted her in hopes she calls me back and texts me back. But it’s not gonna happen,” Alfaro-Funetes' sister Yohana Alfaro-Fuentes said.
“Her soul was just too precious for this world and I know things happen for a reason, but this is very tragic,” said Kenverlin Flores, Alfaro-Fuentes' cousin.
The family said Alfaro-Fuentes was dating Rojas-Smith.
Rojas-Smith, the driver of the Honda and her two passengers were flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment.
State police are investigating.
Virginia law says it’s illegal to pass another car on a road with double solid yellow lines.
“If you guys have loved ones, tell them 'I love you' every single day. Appreciate the moments; good moments, bad moments. If they need you, go ahead because you never know if that person’s gonna be gone. Just like today,” Yohana Alfaro-Fuentes said.