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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pedestrian struck and killed crossing Columbia Pike

Flores [FCPD photo]
Update, Nov. 21: Police believe the victim is Hector Flores of 4040 Justine Lane, Annandale, but have been unable to locate his family. If you have any information, contact Detective James Banachoski, 703-280-0553. He was 5 feet, 6 inches tall and is originally from El Salvador.
 
A 62-year-old Annandale man was struck while crossing Columbia Pike between Evergreen Lane and John Marr Drive in Annandale at around 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17, the Fairfax County Police Department reports. He was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he later died. The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

According to the FCPD Crash Reconstruction Unit, the victim was not in the crosswalk when he was struck. The incident is still under investigation. No charges have filed against the driver, a  56-year-old Annandale man.

This is the third serious incident – all of them in Mason District – since FCPD launched a pedestrian safety imitative on Oct. 31. Officers are distributing fliers to people observed violating pedestrian safety laws.

A 36-year-old moped operator was struck and killed on Oct. 31 on Wilson Boulevard in the Falls Church area. Another serious crash, on Nov. 7, involved a 23-year-old woman who was critically injured while trying to cross Braddock Road near With Hazel Road.

According to FCPD, more than more than 400 pedestrians have been struck and injured in crashes on Fairfax County roadway in the past three years.

4 comments:

  1. Related -- that crossing in front the animal hospital is atrocious. Just waiting to happen...

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  2. Wasn't an older man struck and killed by a car not far from this latest fatality just two or three years ago? I think he was either crossing Gallows at Columbia Pike, or crossing Columbia Pike near Gallows.

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  3. It would be nice if those on bikes or on foot would wear something light-colored or reflective, and bikes should not be sold without lights. It's hard to see people in the dark, especially with "fall back" time making sundown even earlier. Of course drivers must be vigilant too.

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  4. Mason District is a pedestrians nightmare. Less cars, more streetcars, bike lanes, pedestrian ways, signage, traffic calming, education of the public and more speed patrols would help.

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