17-year-old driver dies after car speeds off road, hits tree in Fairfax Co.; 2 other teens injured

CLIFTON, Va. — The 17-year-old driver of a speeding car that crashed into a tree in Fairfax County Tuesday afternoon has died.

Fairfax County police say three teens were traveling westbound on Fairfax Station Road in a 2005 Jeep when the car left the roadway and hit a tree near the intersection with Colewood Estates Road around 2 p.m.

The vehicle was left mangled on the side of the road following the accident.

Police said Wednesday that the 17-year-old behind the wheel died overnight. Another teen is at the hospital Wednesday; the other passenger was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released.

Police have not released the name of the teen who died. The names and ages of the other teens have not been released.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash, police said; however, speed does appear to have played a role in the crash. Officials have not released information about how fast the car was traveling at the time of the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

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