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Four days, three fatal crashes

SoVaNow.com / April 18, 2018

A Clarksville teenager was killed and two other youths were injured in a single vehicle crash Friday night in Buffalo Junction.

The crash occurred around 11:30 p.m. Friday night when a 2009 Mercedes SUV driven by Amen A. Almawri, 17, of Clarksville crashed into a tree on Cow Road, north of Route 730 in Buffalo Junction.

Almawri later died from his injuries, according to Corinne Geller with the Virginia State Police. The two passengers who were in the vehicle with Almawri were transported to hospitals for treatment of their injuries. All three were students at Bluestone High School.

Geller said the SUV was traveling north on Cow Road when it ran off the right side of the road. The driver is believed to have overcorrected, which caused the vehicle to cross back over the road, running off the left side before striking a tree and catching fire.

Only one of the vehicle’s three occupants was wearing a seat belt, and that passenger — a 16-year-old male — was able to pull the driver and the other passenger from the burning vehicle. He suffered minor injuries during the rescue and was transported by a relative to Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital for treatment.

Almawri was rushed to the South Boston hospital by Mecklenburg County Lifesaving and Rescue Squad. He later succumbed to his injuries.

The other passenger, also a 16-year-old male, was flown to Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

Clarksville Fire Chief Johnny Shriver said on Saturday that he’d received a report that the young man’s condition had improved overnight but had no further details.

Geller said speed is being investigated as a factor in the cause of the crash. Shriver was quick to point out that though the three were believed to have come from a party prior to the accident, alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

The accident remains under investigation, according to the Virginia State Police.



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