Crash Investigation

Police Investigate Catharpin Road Crash that Killed 19-Year-Old Haymarket Man

Speed appears to be a factor in the three-vehicle accident


Prince William Police are investigating a three-vehicle accident on Catharpin Road that led to the death of Qais Jailani, 19, of Haymarket, Saturday. 

Aug. 26 at 1:10 a.m., Crash investigators responded to the area of Catharpin Road and Fallen Oaks Place in Gainesville to investigate a crash.

The investigation revealed the drivers of a 2015 Toyota Corolla and a 2016 Hyundai Elantra were traveling southbound on Catharpin Road at a high rate of speed when the driver of the Corolla passed the Elantra, crossing over the double yellow line.

The driver of the Elantra then attempted to overtake the Corolla in a "No Passing" zone when the Elantra made contact with the rear of the Corolla as it began to pass. The Corolla then rotated and struck a 2006 Scion that was traveling in the opposite direction.

The Elantra left the roadway and traveled down an embankment before striking a tree. The driver of the Elantra later died at an area hospital as a result of his injuries. A passenger in the Elantra sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The drivers of the Corolla and the Scion were not injured.

Speed is a factor in the collision. The investigation continues.

The operator of the 2016 Hyundai Elantra was identified as Qais Jailani, 19, of Haymarket.

The passenger of the 2016 Hyundai Elantra was identified as a 19-year-old man from Gainesville

The operator of the 2015 Toyota Corolla was identified as a 16-year-old male of Haymarket

The operator of the 2006 Scion was identified as a 50-year-old woman of South Riding, Virginia.

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