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14-Year-Old Identified in Fatal Accident

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One teenager is dead, three others are in the hospital and the Fluvanna County community is trying to come to terms with a terrible accident.

Virginia State Police say 14-year-old Caitlin Conn was killed in the crash.

Three others were seriously injured.

Investigators say 18-year-old Matthew Rigsby - the driver - was speeding along a narrow stretch of route 636 when he ran off it and struck two trees.

Rachel Scott, a friend of Matthew Rigsby says, "He was really nice. He was really funny and really friendly with like everybody - just a good person."

Kasey Miller, a friend of Caitlin Conn says, "She's always been a really good girl. Very polite. Very sweet."

Three of the people in the car go to Fluvanna County High School. Crisis teams are helping students cope with the tragedy.

A state police crash reconstruction team is investigating the accident.

Charges are pending.

Reported by Henry Graff
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State Police Press Release: 


FLUVANNA CO., Va. - Virginia State Police are investigating a single vehicle crash that occurred on Thursday evening (August 20, 2009) on Route 636 (Nahor Manor Road) in Fluvanna County. At 8:38 p.m. Senior Trooper M.T. Billingslea was called to the scene approximately two miles south of Route 53.

A 1997 Saab carrying four individuals was traveling south on Route 636 when the vehicle ran off the road. The Saab struck a wooden fence, several mailboxes and two trees before coming to a stop on the shoulder of the road. One of the vehicle's backseat passengers, Caitlin M. Conn, 14, of Palmyra, Va., died at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle, Matthew B. Rigsby, 18, of Palmyra, Va., was taken by ambulance to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville. His injuries are considered life-threatening. He was wearing a seatbelt.

A second backseat passenger, Morgan Winter, 15, of Palmyra, Va., was flown to UVA Medical Center. Her injuries are considered life-threatening.

The vehicle's front seat passenger, Dylan Saylor, 15, of Scottsville, Va., was also flown to UVA Medical Center. His injuries are considered life-threatening.

A preliminary investigation shows speed appears to be a factor and only one victim was wearing a seatbelt. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

The Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction Team is assisting Sr. Trooper Billingslea with the crash investigation which remains under investigation. Charges are pending.

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