The driver charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of two passengers following a high-speed crash in Arcola in January has pleaded guilty.
The case against David G. Brown, 26, of Ashburn, had been scheduled for a three-day jury trial this week. Following the guilty plea, Brown is scheduled for sentencing in Loudoun Circuit Court on Feb. 23. Involuntary manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
The incident began just before 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 22 when Deputy Glenn Keough tried to pull over a BMW that was detected going 91 mph in a 45-mph zone on Old Ox Road near Dulles West Boulevard. A short chase ensued, but the deputy lost contact with the car and cut off the chase. A minute later, the Keough found the car crashed into a tree in the area of Evergreen Mills Road and Stone Springs Boulevard.
Keough saw fire under the hood of the car and used a fire extinguisher from his vehicle to put it out. That allowed Brown to crawl out through the broken front windshield. Brown then told the deputy there were two passengers. The fire engulfed the car, despite Keough’s continued efforts with extinguisher.
The front seat passenger, Kyle W. Youngblood, 29, of Berkeley Springs, WV, was killed on impact. The rear seat passenger, Cody R. Cooling, 27, of Washington, DC, died in the fire.
Brown also was indicted on a charge of speeding more than 20 mph over the speed limit. According to data recovered from the BMW’s computer, the car reached speeds of 119 mph just before the crash.