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Police release identity of pedestrian killed in Reston Parkway crash

Fairfax County police (file photo)

Local police have released additional details about this week’s crash that resulted in the death of a pedestrian on Reston Parkway.

Peter McCandless, 87, was killed after he attempted to cross the southbound lanes of Reston Parkway at Market Street shortly after 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 26, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

“McCandless was walking inside the crosswalk but crossed against the signal,” police said.

The driver of a 2017 Mercedes ML350 was going south on Reston Parkway before Market Street in the right lane when they hit McCandless, who was walking from west to east. McCandless was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Mercedes driver and the passenger both remained at the scene of the crash.

“Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash,” the FCPD said. “Alcohol was deemed to not be a factor in this crash and speed is still under investigation.”

This is the ninth fatal pedestrian crash this year. Fairfax County police recorded 23 fatal pedestrian crashes by this time in 2022, though the final death toll was a record high of 32 when including crashes on highways and the Dulles Toll Road.

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