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Posted at 2:07 PM ET, 05/ 9/2010

Post-prom crash kills Va. teen, injures 4

By Washington Post Editors

State police say a King George teenager died and four other youths suffered serious injuries in a single-vehicle crash.

Virginia State Police spokesman T. J. Molnar says 16-year-old passenger Anthony Feather died Sunday at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg. Feather and three others weren't wearing seat belts and were ejected from a sport utility vehicle that ran off Route 218 and struck a utility pole about 1 a.m.

Molnar says speed was a factor in the crash, which is still being investigated.
The youths were on their way to a party after the King George County High School prom.

--Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  | May 9, 2010; 2:07 PM ET
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the prom season body count begins

Posted by: blasmaic | May 9, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

And why are American high schools in the prom business anyway?

We know, with statistical certainty, that this dysfunctional tradition of over-hyped school-sponsored late-night parties for teen-agers will result in dozens of tragedies across the country.

And for what? For what?

Posted by: kcx7 | May 9, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Good thing tragedies across the country cease once prom season ends....

Posted by: lingering_lead | May 9, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

It is not the school's fault these kids are too dumb to wear a seatbelt. How hard is it to remember to put on your seatbelt?

Posted by: TG10 | May 9, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Rent a ballroom at a hotel for the prom & rooms for the kids so they can stay there overnight. Let them fornicate if they want. At least they'll be alive.

Posted by: uncivil | May 9, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

It's unfortunate that a boy died because of a car accident and that other passengers got injured. Accidents occur but proms should still go on since they are popular events in high schools but the boy who died and the others should've been wearing seatbelts. The person who is most to blame is the driver for possibly driving too fast. Proms are not a problem here but are after parties in which some high school students drive in the early morning hours to attend.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | May 9, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: uncivil: "Rent a ballroom at a hotel for the prom & rooms for the kids so they can stay there overnight. Let them fornicate if they want. At least they'll be alive."




Now come on....we all know it's a time honored redneck tradition to hop in the ol' pickup truck, beers in hand...cigarrette dangling from the lips....and peel out in search of the next party.....Why these are the southern christian conservative values cherished, and sworn to be upheld until government can take it from their cold, dead fingers....

Posted by: swatkins1 | May 10, 2010 6:16 AM | Report abuse

Yeeeehah! prom party.......speed......1 seat belt......its the the southern christian conservative redneck rally!

Posted by: fudador | May 10, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

I thought there were laws in Virginia regarding teenagers driving at that time of night, as well as how many kids are allowed in the car with a teen driver? It may not have made a difference in this case, but you have to question the judgment of parents allowing their 16 year olds to be out unsupervised at 1:00 am - prom or not.

Posted by: hsford5 | May 10, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

The passenger who died was 16. We do not know the age of the driver, only that he did not make sure his passengers were buckled up before setting out.
It's tragic all around; invariably we read about these senseless and preventable deaths every spring from prom through graduation. There is a very real tendency for most teenagers to feel a certain sense of invincibility.
I'm impressed that by the tone of some posters here. You'd thinki that none of you ever did anything stupid as a teen. I suspect you did; but the difference is you never paid for your lack of judgement with your life.
My sympathies to all whose lives were changed in this instant.

Posted by: Sharon_59 | May 10, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Remember this:

It's 10 PM . . . do you know what your children are doing??????
My guess is the parents most likely thought their little perfect angels were at a secure location rather than runnin' dem roads at 1 AM.

Posted by: juanchin | May 10, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Well, at least they were spared, as they grew older, having had to join the ranks of curmudgeonly pricks such as most of those posting here.

Posted by: Wallenstein | May 10, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

So sad to read of another tragic death that could have been prevented by seat belt use.

I live in a rural area of PA and our high school has their prom (sit down dinner and dance) at the area's convention center for the kids to get all dressed up. Then they follow up with an after prom party at the high school, with snacks and a variety of entertainment, and the kids are locked in for the night. One way to avoid problems such as this, but you need a cooperative school board and enough teachers and parent volunteers to plan and oversee the night's activities.

We haven't had any after-prom deaths in the 22 years I've lived here.

Posted by: pennstatemom2000 | May 10, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Some of you people are so incredibly heartless and insensitive. This is someone's child who is dead. Yes, he should have been wearing his seatbelt, but how many times have you -- with your seatbelt on -- come very close to a tragic accident?! I pray -- I really do -- that we don't have to read about your child, your spouse, or even YOU in a story that is followed by assinine remarks such as the ones you've posted here.

Posted by: gitouttahere | May 10, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Wallenstein, I can't decide whether to report your post as offensive or recommend it with enthusiasm.

Posted by: carlaclaws | May 10, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Even as a teenager I always remembered to put on my seat belt. I remember asking friends to slow down if they were driving erratic.

It's a shame for this to happen, but its also hard to not say its their fault. Kids will always be silly but I think maybe it would be good if they had more influence around them to encourage seat belt wearing at least.

Posted by: kld34 | May 10, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Seatbelts are great but I think too much emphasis is put on them, as I grew up in an era when we had not seatbelts and we probably had less traffic fatalities. The problem here is knucklehead kids who take risk think they are invincible on top of that it's like a right to get a car once they have a with the population growing there are too many inexperience drivers who have cars. I graduated in the mid 70's if you wanted your own car you got a job and worked and paid for it yourself or you earned the right to drive one of the family vehicles...with this for me it came by changing the oil, or changing from the regular tires to snow tires and or putting chains on the tires, I had to show I was responsible enough to get behind the whell before I got behind the wheel me having a drivers license didn't mean I was truly ready to be on the road. With today's over populated roads inexperience is the last thing we need when quick smart decisions need to be made, there are still veteran drivers who still do stupid and make stupid choices/ hear me people who like to talk on the Cell like you're sitting in your living room? Or you who think you can shave/put on makeup, eat and everything else while you drive in rush hour traffic???

Posted by: papaskynz | May 10, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I am truly sad to hear some of the responses to this article. I live in King George and know how dangerous this road is at any time of day. If this was one of your family members would you not be crushed by these comments? If your comments are not constructive, please have the courtesy to keep your opinions to yourself.

Posted by: jans_4_ever | May 10, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Some of the heartless comments here are sickening. It's very telling of the personality of the person writing them. The ability to hide behind some obscure screen name allows the person's true self to show through. And it's not a very pretty sight.

This is a child, someone's child, a brother, nephew, grandson. I doubt you would appreciate such comments about one of your family members.

Sad, indeed.

Posted by: dlpetersdc | May 10, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Now hear this, since people die on prom nights, there will be no more proms.
Since people die riding in automobiles, there will be no more automobiles.
Obviously, there will be no more airplanes.
That is all.
Wait, no more football, basketball or baseball. Or shoveling snow.

Posted by: kls1 | May 10, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

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