Scott Shenk writes about transportation issues affecting Fredericksburg-area residents.
4 hurt in Aquia Harbour crash; teen driver charged with DUI
An early Thursday morning crash in Aquia Harbour sent four teenagers to the hospital and led to numerous charges for the 19-year-old driver.
According to the Stafford Sheriff’s Office, the crash happened at 1209 Aquia Drive just after 1 a.m. when Daniel Ringler lost control of his Toyota Scion, which went airborne and slammed into a tree.
The car ended up “almost wrapped around the tree,” said Maj. David Decatur with the sheriff’s office. The car was totaled.
“Speed and alcohol were a factor,” said Decatur.
Ringler, who lives on Blackbeard Drive in Aquia Harbour, was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving and underage possession of alcohol. He suffered a broken arm, shoulder, hand and ribs, Decatur said.
He and a 17-year-old male in the front seat were partially ejected, but were trapped and had to be cut free by rescue personnel. The 17-year-old suffered several broken bones. Both were taken to the hospital for treatment.
Two females were in the back seats, a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old, Decatur said. Both were ejected and suffered several broken bones, including in their backs, the major said. They also were taken to the hospital.
None involved in the crash suffered life-threatening injuries, Decatur said. It’s unclear if any of the teens were wearing safety belts.
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