Violent Crash Sends Car Airborne in Southeast D.C.

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.

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."

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