WPD make arrest in August 2 fatal vehicle train collision

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Following the investigation of an August 2 fatal vehicle train collision Winchester Police have made an arrest.

Virginia State Police report by email that they conducted the investigation that led to the arrest of Jeremiah A.T. Greenfield of Winchester.

Greenfield is being charged with one felony count of second-degree murder, homicide and one felony count of eluding law enforcement.

The arrest of the 19-year-old was made by WPD in the 1650 block of South Braddock Street on August 25.

Greenfield is being held without bond in the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

The collision involved Greenfield ignoring police pursuit on Route 17 in Fauquier County passing stopped vehicles and colliding with the train.

The collision caused the death of 18-year-old Berryville resident Haidan B. Smallwood a passenger in the vehicle.

The vehicle was reported stolen out of Winchester.

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Winchester man is involved in a fatal crash in Fauquier Co.

Fauquier Co. Sheriff's Logo used by permission by Fauquier County Deputy Jeffery Long

Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) reports that a Winchester man was involved in a fatal crash after striking a train.

In the early morning hours of August 2 a FCSO Deputy observed a 2015 Honda Accord going 97 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone on Route 17.

The deputy traveling in the southbound lane used the median to begin pursuit of the northbound vehicle.

The driver’s high speed prevented the deputy from catching up as the Honda reached even higher speeds heading north toward Marshall.

The first deputy discontinued his pursuit as a precautionary safety measure toward other drivers and pedestrians.

A second deputy was able to pick up pursuit once the vehicle was in Marshall.

The first deputy entered Route 66 west to find the vehicle.

At this encounter the driver was exceeding 115 miles per hour and went back onto Route 17.

The driver of the Honda was driving erratically and at higher speeds through Delaplane passing multiple vehicles at a railroad crossing.

At the railroad crossing the Honda struck the side of a moving train.

The pursuing deputy immediately extinguished a fire in the engine bay of the vehicle and rendered first aid to injured passengers.

A 20-year-old passenger from Leesburg was transported to Winchester Medical Center.

An 18-year-old female passenger from Berryville and the driver of the Honda were both flown to INOVA Fairfax Hospital.

The female passenger succumbed to her injuries.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as 19-year-old Jeremiah Greenfield of Winchester.

Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had been stolen from Winchester.

Charges are pending in the ongoing investigation of the crash.

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