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Five Die in Separate Accidents

Richmond Highway scene of weekend carnage

Five people were killed in weekend accidents in Mount Vernon in two separate accidents.

Fairfax County police said they have identified two men who died when the car in which they were traveling, crossed the southbound lanes of Richmond Highway, crashing into a concrete barrier near Janna Lee Avenue in the Gum Springs area early Sunday morning.

Roland Williams, 21, of LaPlace, Louisiana, and Bennie Welch, 21, of Chicago, were pronounced dead at the scene. Police said Williams was the driver of a 2001 Dodge Neon who lost control of the car for unknown reasons.

A second passenger, Octavia Haughton, 18, of Accokeek, Maryland, was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Almost 12 hours later, police said that a 17-year-old Fort Belvoir girl was driving a 2000 Ford Mustang southbound on Richmond Highway when she lost control of her car as she attempted to change lanes. She ran off the roadway into an embankment causing the car to flip onto the roof and skid for approximately 100 feet.

The driver was medevaced to Inova Fairfax Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Her three passengers, however, died. Erin Davis, 16, and Joshua Davis, 15, both of Prince Edward Drive in White Plains, Maryland, and the 15-year-old sister of the driver, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said that in both accidents seatbelts were in use and alcohol was not a factor.