King George, VA

Traffic stop turns fatal in King George

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In King George County, what began as an attempt to make a traffic stop turned into a fatal incident.

On Friday, Dec. 3, at about 7:40 p.m., a deputy spotted a vehicle that was driving recklessly on Dahlgren Rd. The officer attempted to catch up with the vehicle to conduct a traffic stop. The driver was not only allegedly passing other vehicles on a double yellow line, but he also was traveling more than 20 mph over the speed limit, reported Kecia Wharton, First Sgt. with King George Sheriff’s Office.

The driver crashed, and the vehicle caught on fire near Monte Vista Drive. The 19-year-old driver, who was identified as Jamari D. Brown of Colonial Beach, VA, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three of the deputies who responded to the incident were injured while trying to help rescue Brown from the wreckage. The officers were seen by medics and treated at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg. Two of the deputies were released within hours. As of the following day, one deputy remained in the hospital but was in good condition, according to Wharton. A King George Fire and Rescue firefighter was also injured on the scene, treated, and released.

Virginia State Police responded to the scene as well are continuing to investigate the incident.

Speed-related fatal crashes have been on the rise in Virginia. According to WSLS 10 News, the state’s traffic data, there were 406 fatalities in 2020, a 10-year high, and 16 percent jump compared to 2019.

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