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GIRL, 16, KILLED WHEN DIPLOMAT CRASHES VEHICLE.

Byline: Associated Press

A teen-ager died when a speeding car driven by an east European diplomat smashed into another, which catapulted through the air and landed on top of the vehicle the girl was in, police said Saturday.

Police said a car driven by Gueorgui Makharadze, 35, attached to the Republic of Georgia Embassy, was traveling at an excessive rate of speed. Investigators said alcohol also was involved but gave no details.

Washington police Detective Mike Harvey said this is what happened:

The diplomat's car sped just before midnight Friday into DuPont Circle, a major traffic interchange near Washington's Embassy Row, and crashed into the rear of another car. The second car sailed through the air and landed on top of a third vehicle, then continued on to hit two other vehicles.

Joviane Waltrick, 16, of Kensington, Md., a front-seat passenger in the third car, was killed.

Secret Service spokesman Marty Ratchford said the diplomat is a minister at the Georgia Embassy. Police said Makharadze was hospitalized in fair condition.

The driver of the car the Waltrick girl was in was reported in fair condition at a nearby hospital, where drivers of the other two cars were treated and released.

No charges have been filed. The Police Department said it was consulting the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Misha Siamashvili, a spokesman for the embassy, would not confirm the diplomat's identity but said he has diplomatic immunity. The spokesman expressed condolences about the death and said the embassy was working closely with police and investigators.
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