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Pedestrian killed in car crash on Richmond Highway

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(Updated at 2:15 p.m. on 2/21/2024) Richmond Highway has seen its second fatal crash in as many days.

A man died this morning (Thursday) after a car driver hit him while he was walking at the Richmond Highway (Route 1) near the Belfield Road intersection in Belle Haven.

Police and emergency medical services were called to the scene — which was initially reported as being at the Huntington Avenue intersection — around 4:21 a.m. The dispatcher described the vehicle as a red Toyota Camry, according to the police scanner on Open MHz.

“The pedestrian, an adult man, was declared deceased at scene,” the Fairfax County Police Department said on Twitter at 6:48 a.m. “Driver of striking vehicle remained at crash.”

Richmond Highway’s northbound lanes were closed at the intersection while Crash Reconstruction Unit detectives investigated, but the road reopened around 9:30 a.m.

In an update released on Tuesday, Feb. 20, the FCPD said the circumstances of the crash remain under investigation. The victim’s name hasn’t been publicly released yet “pending next of kin notification.”

“The driver of a 2006 Toyota Camry was traveling north on Richmond Highway before Belfield Road and struck the man,” the FCPD said. “…The driver and passenger of the vehicle remained at the scene of the crash.”

The pedestrian fatality came a day after a man died in a crash further south on Richmond Highway. In that crash, a dump truck and van collided near the Giles Run Road intersection in Lorton, killing one of the drivers.

There have now been seven people killed in traffic crashes on Fairfax County roads this year.

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