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Rollins College student dies in high-speed crash near U.S. Capitol

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Fox News has confirmed through law enforcement sources that an Orlando-area college student was killed in a high-speed crash that closed streets near the U.S. Capitol early Friday morning.

Hunter Bradford Harries, 20, of the Washington, DC suburb of McLean, VA, was killed in the crash overnight just behind the Longworth and Rayburn House Office Buildings in the shadow of the Capitol.  Harries was a freshman at Rollins College in Winter Park, which is on spring break this week.

Capitol police said the car was traveling at a high rate of speed when it hit one of the many concrete security planter barriers around the Capitol and went airborne, crashing into a tree.

The crash, which occurred around 3 a.m. Friday, was adjacent to the Spirit of Justice Park, which is south of the Capitol and the U.S. House office buildings.  Several streets were closed while police investigated the crash.

Authorities said once the vehicle hit the planter, it went airborne, perhaps as high as 20 to 30 feet in the air, vaulting the mechanical barriers built into the street.  One law enforcement source tells Fox News it is hard to understand how the car could pick up so much speed so quickly.

Law enforcement also tells Fox News that the bizarre, high-speed accident does not appear to anything other than a strange accident, "with no nexus to terrorism."

No toxicology reports are available at this time.

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