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One dead, five hurt in W.Va. 9 crash following police chase

June 15, 2011
  • One of three vehicles involved in a crash on W.Va. 9 in Jefferson County, W.Va., after a police chase in Virginia.
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CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — One person was killed and five others were injured in a three-vehicle crash early Wednesday in Jefferson County, W.Va., following a police chase from Londoun County, Va., a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department spokesman said.

The incident began around 2:45 a.m. Wednesday in Loudoun County when a Washington, D.C., man attempted to flee from authorities in a stolen vehicle, according to a sheriff’s department news release.

The driver, Michael D. Brown, 40, of Washington, D.C., has been charged with felony speeding to elude, reckless driving, possession of a stolen vehicle and driving on a suspended license, the release said.

The man who died in the crash was a 68-year-old man from Fairfax, Va., Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Cpl. V.H. A. Tiong said Wednesday night. The man’s name was not released.

A Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop Brown for speeding on westbound Va. 9 near Hillsboro, Va., the news release said. The driver did not stop, and the deputy pursued the vehicle until it crossed into West Virginia.

The deputy lost sight of the vehicle, but continued into West Virginia at highway speeds, the release said. After about one mile, the deputy discovered the vehicle was involved in a three-vehicle crash on W.Va. 9, the release said.

Brown was airlifted to INOVA Fairfax Hospital, where he remained hospitalized Wednesday afternoon with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

Three other patients were airlifted from the scene, and two others were taken to a local hospital, the release said.

One of those patients later died, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Kraig Troxell said.

Two of the occupants of a Pontiac Vibe involved in the crash were from the Fairfax, Va., area, while one was from Burtonsville, Md., according to Tiong and the news release.  The occupants of a GMC Sahara van in the crash were from the Manassas, Va., area.

The man who died was riding in the Vibe, Tiong said.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the crash.

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— From staff reports

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