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STERLING, Va. (WUSA9) -- A 15-year-old driver was killed and a teen passenger was seriously injured after police say the driver fled the scene of a traffic stop early Sunday in Sterling.

The driver,Wilberto Pitre, who did not survive the crash, attended Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville.

A source close to the investigation tells WUSA9 that the teenage driver shouldn’t have been behind the wheel at all this morning, Pitre was just fifteen years old.

Just after midnight Sunday morning, a Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputy spotted a car driving through a residential neighborhood with its lights off.

When the deputy tried to pull the car over, the driver hit the gas instead.

Just a few blocks away, the driver slammed into a parked car, setting off a chain reaction crash that would total three vehicles.

Emergency responders raced to the scene, as neighbors awakened by the crash stumbled outside.

The first responders found a car on fire and doused the flames. They pulled a fifteen year old female passenger from the back seat with serious injuries, and airlifted her to a hospital.

The driver’s side of the car didn’t look like a car anymore, a source said. It was crushed beyond any hope of survival for the person inside.

Emergency workers pulled the 15-year-old out and pronounced him dead on the scene. No word on whether driver or passenger were wearing seatbelts.

The source close to the investigation tells WUSA9 there’s no indication the car was stolen, or that any other criminal activity took place here.  This may in fact have been a case of a young, unlicensed driver panicking at the sight of police, with deadly consequences.

Loudoun Valley High School says they will have grief counselors on hand for students who need them tomorrow.

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