By Joe Beck -- firstname.lastname@example.org
An 18-year-old passenger died and two other teenagers were hospitalized in a single-car rollover accident Thursday morning in the 600 block of Town Run Lane in Stephens City.
Lt. Mike Richardson, a spokesman for the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, said Saundra Papson of Stephens City died of her injuries between 5 and 6 p.m. Thursday in Winchester Medical Center.
The driver of the car, Kaila Neal, 18, of Stephens City and a 16-year-old passenger were also taken to the medical center by Stephens City and Middletown ambulances after the accident, Richardson said. He said their conditions were unknown as of Thursday evening.
Richardson gave the following account of the accident: The southbound 2002 Saturn driven by Neal was topping a slight hill crest on Town Run Lane at a high speed when a northbound vehicle approached. Neal swerved right to avoid the oncoming vehicle, ran off the right side of the road, over-corrected and lost control. The Saturn flipped, overturned and came to a rest on the passenger side.
Richardson said Papson was riding in the front seat, and the 16-year-old was a backseat passenger. Neal and the 16-year-old were standing outside the vehicle when rescue personnel arrived, but Papson was still inside the car.
Richardson said charges are pending against Neal, "but nothing will be determined until the commonwealth's attorney has been consulted."
He said all three vehicle occupants were wearing their seat belts.
Richardson said speed appeared to have been a factor in the accident, but investigators have yet to make a specific determination of how fast the car was traveling.