PRINCE GEORGE, VA—A Prince George High School student was killed Tuesday morning after his car went into a body of water as he tried to pull over for a passing police car.
It happened on Courthouse Road near Bull Hill Road in Prince George County early Tuesday morning.
Marvin Massenburg Jr., 17, drove his car off of the side of the road and into a body of water as he attempted to let the Prince George police car pass.
State Police officials said the officer was behind Massenburg's vehicle when it ran off the road. The officer stopped and attempted to rescue Massenburg.
Massenburg could not be revived, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Prince George officer had been responding to what turned out to be a false alarm, state police officials said.
Massenburg was a student at Prince George High School. His family and friends describe him as a "straight-A" student, with a great personality. "He had one of the most gorgeous intoxicating smiles you can ever imagine," said Massenburg's aunt Deborah Massenburg. "Just pearly whites, the moment he grinned at you…"
Massenburg's family is seeking answers about the circumstances surrounding the teen's death.
"Right now, what we can't grapple with (is) why were there no guardrail in the swamp. We haven't heard from the Prince George Police since the incident," said Deborah Massenburg on Wednesday.
8News contacted Virginia State Police about the family's questions. We were told that there is no dashboard video of the accident. Police also said the driving and personnel record of the officer involved will not be released.
Virginia Department of Transportation officials say there has never been a request to put a guardrail along that stretch of Courthouse Road.
State Police are asking the driver of a vehicle that was headed east on Courthouse road between the officer's car and Massenburg's car to notify state police at (804) 553-3445. Officers would like to know if the driver saw anything related to the incident.