Driver Indicted For Manslaughter in Fatal Crash

A Loudoun grand jury on Monday handed up two involuntary manslaughter indictments against the driver in a Jan. 22 high-speed crash in which two passengers died.

David G. Brown, 25, of Ashburn, faces up to 10 years in prison on each count. He also is charged with speeding more than 20 miles per hour over the posted limit.

The incident began just before 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 22 when a deputy tried to pull over a speeding car on Old Ox Road near Dulles West Boulevard. A short chase ensued, but the deputy lost contact with car and cut off the pursuit. A short time later, the deputy found the car crashed into a tree in the area of Evergreen Mills Road and Stone Springs Boulevard.

The driver got out of the vehicle but his passengers died as the BMW caught on fire and burned. The victims were Kyle W. Youngblood, 29, of Berkeley Springs, WV, and Cody R. Cooling, 27, of Washington, DC.

In District Court on March 1, county prosecutors agreed to drop the misdemeanor charges—including speeding 91 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone—and to bring the charges in the incident to Circuit Court as a direct indictment through the grand jury.  A three-day jury trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 27.

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