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Local man charged in fatal car crash

July 22, 2004

VIENNA, Va. - A fiery crash on Interstate 66 that took the life of a 2-year-old boy and critically injured his pregnant mother Tuesday morning has led to reckless driving charges against a Hagerstown man, Virginia State Police said Wednesday.

Matthew Ryan Cable, 21, was the driver of 1994 Chevrolet pickup that crashed into the rear of a 1994 Geo Tracker at 9:47 a.m. Tuesday, according to Sgt. Wallace Bouldin. The Tracker, which had slowed for traffic, was pushed into a 1993 Buick, which in turn hit a Toyota SUV.

"Cable said he was looking down at a map and didn't see the traffic slowing," Bouldin said.

He said the investigation turned up no evidence of aggressive driving or alcohol on Cable's part.

After the crash, the Geo burst into flames, Bouldin said, killing 2-year-old George Zack Marchman, who was strapped in his car seat. Two passersby, believed to be retired firefighters, were burned pulling the child's mother, Elizabeth Ann Marchman, 33, of Fairfax, Va., from the vehicle.

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Those rescuers were unable to free the child, Bouldin said.

The mother, who was taken to Washington Hospital Center in critical condition, lost her unborn child, Bouldin said.

The two rescuers were taken to nearby Inova Fairfax Hospital. There were four other injuries but Bouldin had no information on them Wednesday morning.

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