Fatal crash leaves two dead

A vehicle crash in Frederick County on Saturday night left two people dead and three injured.

State police continue to investigate a two-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 6:50 p.m. in the 3300 block of Papermill Road. A 1999 Ford F150 pickup traveling east on Papermill Road crossed the center line and collided head-on with a westbound 2001 Chevrolet Suburban.

The Suburban’s driver, Michael K. Mercer, 59, of Stephens City, died at the scene, according to state police information. The Suburban’s front-seat passenger, Jimmy Kilbourne Sr., 84, of Winchester, was taken to a nearby hospital where he died from his injuries.

A 67-year-old woman received treatment at a local hospital and emergency responders took a 17-year-old boy to Inova Fairfax for treatment, police said. All four people in the Suburban were wearing seat belts.

The driver of the pickup, identified by police only as a 36-year-old Winchester man, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The driver was wearing a seatbelt. Charges are pending.

The crash remains under investigation by state trooper A.W. Backus.

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