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A Rapidan man has been charged in connection with a fatal April 24 in Gainesville.

Police charged Christopher James Pruitt, 39, with reckless driving-bad brakes, counterfeit inspection and defective equipment.

Police say the condition of Pruitt's Chevrolet Silverado contributed to the crash at U.S. 29 and Interstate 66 that claimed the life of a 20-year-old Maryland man.

Police say a 2016 Toyota Corolla was disabled in a travel lane on the ramp from eastbound I-66 to southbound Lee Highway when a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado exiting from the interstate struck the rear of the Corolla.

The passenger in Corolla, 20-year-old Phillip Dennis Sorrell of Germantown, was flown to an area hospital, where he died the next day, said Prince William County police spokesman Adam Beard.

The Corolla's driver, a 61-year-old Germantown man, was also hospitalized with serious injuries.

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