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Ashburn teen involved in crash cited

The 15-year-old Ashburn girl involved in a crash that injured three children on March 14 in Ashburn has been charged with reckless driving.

The teen had a learner's permit and was receiving a driving lesson from a parent in Morven Woods Court in Ashburn around 6:45 p.m. The teenager accelerated and jumped over a curb onto the sidewalk, running into three children who were playing in a driveway at the home.

The children are 7, 8, and 10 years old. The two older children were taken to the Lansdowne Inova Hospital, while the 7-year-old was airlifted to Inova Fairfax. She is still hospitalized.

The teen was issued a juvenile petition for for reckless driving March 26.


Why do people make mistakes?  Most people make mistakes because they don’t think.  Here we have a parent (with all good intentions) wanting to teach their teen to drive, but failed to assess surrounding conditions 1st - Kids playing in the area, dusk approaching). A mistake resulting in 3 kids in the hospital, 1 serious and two families affected.  Last month, it was one drunk teen entering the wrong house at 2:30 in the morning. A mistake resulting in a dead teen and two families affected.  Yes, mistakes happen, yet they can be prevented.

What is really sad is that those mistakes will be repeated and the only thing left will be the sad little flower memorial left at the place where it happened.  You’ve seen it countless time along the roadside.

Kelli, I don’t see any comments on this thread which indicate “hate.” On the contrary, I see rational differences of opinion and perspective. Get a grip!

People today are so pathetic and hateful.  Guess what, folks?  We live in an imperfect world, we are all imperfect and accidents happen, to us and sometimes at our own hands.  We are supposed to live and learn from mistakes.  But weak people today demand that nothing bad ever happen to them and if it does they want as many people to suffer as possible, that is unless they or their loved ones are the ones to find themselves having just made a mistake. The driver was punished as per Virginia law, besides the charges against her she and her parent have to live with the horror of what happened that day but I know, that is not enough for you people, right?  Oh and let’s make up new laws to see how many more people we can make suffer for this.

With a little caution and forethought, mistakes can be avoided. The teen should not have been driving around the cul-de-sac with children present. This would have been the responsibility of the parent - hence the parent was at fault.

Conklin - That is not a busy block its a neighborhood road. Its exactly the sort of road my driving instructor took me on.

Why can’t people understand mistakes happen.

Not the same as a driving instructor. I question the judgement of the parent involved. A driving instructor would not choose to practice driving on a busy block with kids at play only feet away. They should have chosen an empty lot. I’m not sure if the parent can be cited for anything, but I certainly question their judgement.

Why should the parent be cited?  For what?  This could have happened with a driving instructor as well.

westLOUDOUNer - I doubt she did anything intentional like speeding. Likely she made a mistake and panicked and hit the gas instead of the break causing the accident. It is common among the inexperienced and elderly people to do this, also drunk drivers.

Best wishes to all involved. Speedy recovery to the children.

Same as the child - reckless driving “instruction.”  As the adult supervisor, they are just as responsible as the teen driver.

what do you suggest the parent should be charged with?

What a terrible situation all-around. The teen wasn’t driving without a permit or drinking. She just made a mistake, albeit a serious one. It sounds like she panicked and mistook the gas pedal for the brake. Let’s hope that justice is tempered with mercy. And most importantly, let’s hope that all three injured children make a speedy and full recovery, especially the one who is still hospitalized.

Why wasn’t the parent in the car with the teen also cited?

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