A 17-year old West Springfield High senior was killed in a auto accident on Tuesday, March 22 in which high speed was a determining factor.
According to Fairfax County police, Adam Foote, of Greeley Boulevard in Springfield, was a passenger in a 1989 Ford Mustang heading eastbound on Old Keene Mill Road around 2:45 p.m.
Steven Foote, Adam Foote's father said his son died Tuesday, at 11:43 p.m., at Inova Fairfax Hospital, after lapsing into a "deep coma"
"It's been pretty horrible," said Steven Foote, who said his son worked part-time at Domino's Pizza and was making plans to attend Pennsylvania College of Technology in the fall to study business, with an interest in owning his own business.
The car in which Adam Foote was riding was "engaged in an exhibition of speed," according to police reports, with a 1996 Chevrolet Camero when the Mustang struck a 2004 Ford dump truck which was turning left to head south on Huntsman Boulevard. Striking the truck on the passenger side, the Mustang spun clockwise 75 feet from the point of impact. The truck spun into a Honda Accord, driven by 63-year old Springfield resident Mary Carlstrom, which was waiting at a red light to head north on Huntsman. The driver of the truck, 30-year old Hugo Bernal from Centreville, along with the driver of the Camero, and Carlstrom, were all uninjured.
Although the investigation is ongoing in regards to the exact speed of the vehicle, the Mustang was traveling "at a high rate of speed," according to police spokesman Officer Bud Walker. Alcohol was not a factor. The driver of the Mustang, also a 17-year old male, was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital for minor injuries. No charges have been filed yet.
Steven Foote and his wife, Jennifer Young, said Adam Foote, who had a girlfriend, had no brothers or sisters, but numerous friends were at the waiting room in the hospital.