High School Student Dies in Fairfax County Crash

Four other teens were injured in the crash, including the driver, who has life-threatening injuries

A high school student died and four other teens were injured in a crash Sunday evening in Fairfax County, Virginia, officials said.

The boy died after the teen driver of a Kia Forte ran off the shoulder of Stuart Mill Road in Oakton, Virginia, and hit a tree about 6:30 p.m., according to a preliminary investigation by Fairfax County Police. There were four teenage passengers in the car, police said.

All five teens were taken to local hospitals, where one passenger was pronounced dead.

The driver of the car sustained life-threatening injuries, police said Monday. The three surviving passengers were treated for injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening.

Police did not release the name of those involved due to a Virginia law involving the release of information about minors, but South Lakes High School officials said Monday that the victim who died was Carter Smith, a junior at the Reston school. Smith's family gave them permission to share his name, the school said.

"Our sincere condolences are extended to family and friends of all involved, and to all members of our community who may be hearing of this terrible incident," Principal Kimberly Retzer wrote in an email to the South Lakes community.

Counselors were scheduled to be at the school Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon, and additional support will be available Wednesday, Retzer wrote.

Police said neither alcohol nor drugs appeared to be factors in the crash. They were still investigating whether speed might have been a factor.

Police are asking anyone with information about the crash to call the Crash Reconstruction Unit at 703-280-0543. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may submit tips through Crime Solvers by calling 866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), texting "FCCS" plus their tip to 847411 or submitting them online at FairfaxCrimeSolvers.org.

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