Fatal Crash on Logmill Last Night- Speeding.

HAYMARKET, Va. — Police say a 15-year-old girl hurt in the Wednesday morning crash that killed a Battlefield High School freshman remains in “very” critical condition with life-threatening injuries, but three other teens involved are improving. Kendra Tucker, 15, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 12:02 a.m. crash on westbound Logmill Road near James Madison Highway. Four others — the 18-year-old driver, a 17-year-old boy, a 15-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl — were all taken by helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital. The 17-year-old boy was released Wednesday, said Prince William County police spokesman Jonathan Perok. Another teen remains in critical condition, but is expected to survive and the fourth is in stable condition, he said. Police say a 2005 Dodge Magnum driven by the 18-year-old man struck a deer that crossed his path, then swerved out of control and hit a tree. No one in the car wore a seat belt, Perok said. All of those involved in the crash are students at Battlefield High School. Perok said speed was a factor in the crash. Area schools are closed this week for spring break, but grief counselors will be available at Battlefield High School tomorrow, Thursday, from noon to 2 p.m., said Prince William County school spokesman Ken Blackstone. Grief counselors will also be at the school Monday, when schools reopen after spring break. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our students,” he said. There is a curfew for children under 18 in Prince William County. It is 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends, regardless of spring break or holidays. At least six other young people have died in crashes on Logmill Road in the past decade, according to police reports. A section of it is known as a “thrill hill,” where drivers speed for the thrill of going airborne. The speed limit on the road is 40 miles per hour in one direction and 45 miles per hour in the other. Yellow warning signs on portions of the road suggest a “safe speed” of 15 miles per hour. On July 25, 2000, 18-year-old James “Marty” Romans died after crashing his car into a field there. A few months later, 19-year-old Michael Norrish died in a crash on Logmill on Nov. 22, 2000. Then, on Nov. 18,2004, 12-year-old Rachel Kaplan and 26-year-old Alejandro Garcia Martinez, passengers in separate cars, died in a two car crash there. Most recently, on Aug. 15, 2010, 18-year-old Stephen Dixon lost control of his car at the top of the hill on Logmill, swerving into the path of an oncoming car, sending that car into a ditch and flipping his own. Dixon and 15-year-old Derek Mefferet, who was a front seat passenger in the car, died at the scene. Stay with insidenova.com and our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/insidenova for more on this story.


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