A pedestrian remains hospitalized two days after he was hit by a driver on Route 29 in the West Falls Church area, police say.
A 911 caller reported that a blue Tesla struck a pedestrian, who was injured, a police dispatcher told responding officers at 8:07 p.m. The Fairfax County Police Department didn’t confirm the type of vehicle involved in the crash by press time.
The pedestrian, an adult man, was transported to a hospital with injuries initially considered life-threatening, police said. Eastbound Route 29 was shut down at the intersection while police investigated the crash.
As of this morning (Monday), the man is still in the hospital, but his condition “has been upgraded to non-life threatening,” according to the FCPD.
Police say that the driver in the crash remained on the scene and “has cooperated fully” with the investigation, which is still active.
“Preliminary investigations suggest that alcohol may have been a contributing factor for the pedestrian, but a thorough examination is ongoing,” an FCPD spokesperson told FFXnow. “It is important to note that speed and alcohol do not appear to be contributing factors on the part of the driver.”
According to state data, this is the fourth crash at the Route 29 and Hollywood intersection since 2020 where a pedestrian got injured. Crashes with injuries occurred in February 2020, March 2022 and January of this year, but there haven’t been any fatal crashes involving pedestrians since the Department of Motor Vehicles started the online database in 2010.
Officers are on scene of a crash involving a pedestrian at Rt 29 & Hollywood Rd in West Falls Church. The pedestrian, an adult man, was taken to the hospital w/life-threatening injuries. The driver stayed on scene. E/B Lee hwy is closed at Hollywood Rd. Please avoid the area. pic.twitter.com/e1esFGTnar
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) November 12, 2023
(Updated at 3:25 p.m.) A man has died after a driver hit him on Baron Cameron Avenue near The Spectrum at Reston Town Center last night (Monday).
Police and emergency medical services with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department were dispatched around 8:22 p.m. to Baron Cameron Avenue at Fountain Drive for a crash where a driver struck a pedestrian, according to scanner traffic on Open MHz.
The pedestrian was transported to a hospital with injuries considered life-threatening. The man, identified as Khalid Magan, 37, of Reston, later died, Fairfax County Police Department announced today (Tuesday).
Police said the driver remained at the scene.
Based on a preliminary investigation, detectives believe Magan tried to cross Baron Cameron Avenue around 8 p.m. when the driver of a 2002 Ford-250 pickup truck heading west hit him, according to the FCPD, which says Magan was outside of a crosswalk.
At that intersection, Baron Cameron only has a crosswalk on the east side, and it’s marked by parallel lines without stripes. A narrow grass median with a concrete gutter separates the two eastbound lanes from the westbound lanes, which include two thru lanes, a left-turn lane and a right-turn lane.
“Preliminarily, detectives do not believe speed or alcohol are factors in the crash for the driver,” the FCPD said. “Alcohol is still under investigation for the pedestrian. Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.”
Magan is the eighth pedestrian killed in a vehicle crash in Fairfax County this year and the second in October, following a fatal hit-and-run on Richmond Highway on Oct. 6. In addition, a teen was hospitalized with serious injuries by a crash on Route 50 last Thursday (Oct. 19).
At this time in 2022, the county had recorded 16 fatal pedestrian crashes, according to the FCPD. By the end of the year, 32 pedestrians had died, the most since at least 2010.
Officers are on scene of a crash involving a pedestrian at Baron Cameron Ave & Fountain Dr, Reston. The pedestrian, an adult man, was taken to the hospital with/injuries considered life threatening. Driver stayed on scene. Please avoid the area. #FCPD pic.twitter.com/FmwbRErmh6
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) October 24, 2023
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A teen has suffered potentially life-threatening injuries in a crash on Route 50 near the Mosby neighborhood in West Falls Church.
“It looks like there’s a 13-year-old patient that’s unconscious. They are breathing,” a dispatcher told police at 8:28 p.m.
The teen was a pedestrian and has been transported to a hospital, the Fairfax County Police Department said. It’s unclear what vehicle was involved, but police said the driver stayed at the scene.
Eastbound Route 50 has been closed, and police are advising community members to avoid the area.
Officers are on scene of a crash involving a pedestrian at Rt. 50 and Annandale Rd in West Falls Church. The pedestrian, a juvenile teen, was transported in life threatening condition. Driver stayed on scene. EB Rt. 50 is closed, please avoid the area. #FCPD pic.twitter.com/GGdbhmpB5a
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) October 20, 2023
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(Updated at 1:20 p.m.) A pedestrian died last night (Friday) after a hit-and-run crash on Richmond Highway (Route 1) in the Woodlawn area of Mount Vernon.
Police officers were called to Richmond Highway near Brevard Court at 10:10 p.m., followed by emergency medical services with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department around 10:12 p.m.
“Vehicle struck a pedestrian. Pedestrian’s face is bloody and shoes were knocked off,” a dispatcher told police, according to scanner traffic on Open MHz.
Eder Machado Aleman, 36, of Fairfax was hit by a driver while attempting to cross Richmond Highway “outside of the crosswalk,” the Fairfax County Police Department said in an update released shortly after noon today (Saturday).
Aleman was transported to a hospital, where he died. There are no crosswalks at Brevard Court or Buckman Road, the closest signalized intersection. The closest crosswalk to the crash site appears to be on the west side of Richmond Highway at Frye Road.
The driver fled the scene, possibly in a white SUV that a witness reported seeing before the crash, the FCPD said. The vehicle was last seen headed south on Richmond Highway, police said on the scanner.
The crash shut down Richmond Highway in both directions from shortly before 10:30 p.m. until around 1:30 a.m. today (Saturday).
“Detectives continue to work to identify the vehicle involved as well as the driver,” the FCPD said. “Speed and alcohol as factors in this crash are still under investigation.”
Based on state data, this is the seventh pedestrian fatality in Fairfax County this year and the third on Richmond Highway, where a motorcyclist was also killed in May. At this time last year, the county had recorded 14 pedestrian deaths.
In total, there were 32 pedestrians killed in the county in 2022, more than any other year since at least 2010.
All lanes of Rt.1 are now open. Follow our blog for available updates. https://t.co/QsTzdpgf0U
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) October 7, 2023
CRITICAL, PROBABLE FATAL, PEDESTRIAN STRUCK, HIT+RUN — Richmond Hwy at Brevard Ct in Woodlawn area of Fairfax Co. Police are looking for either a white pickup or SUV that fled. h/t @RVANOVA01 + @HCBright10 #VATraffic @ffxnow pic.twitter.com/onT5c0DFpS
— Alan Henney (@alanhenney) October 7, 2023
(Updated at 12:35 p.m.) A pedestrian died last night (Sunday) after being hit by a driver on the Capital Beltway (I-495) near Merrifield, Virginia State Police say.
The state police responded to calls about a pedestrian being struck on a northbound I-495 service road to Route 50 around 9:14 p.m., according to a VSP spokesperson.
Identified as Douglas C. Haskett II, a 55-year-old Ashburn resident, the pedestrian was hit by the driver of a Chevrolet Traverse, who fled the scene. Haskett died at the scene, according to police.
A dispatcher asked for any unit on the Beltway that could “check on a pedestrian walking in the road,” according to scanner traffic on Open MHz.
“There’s people standing on that ramp north to 50,” the dispatcher told the responding troopers.
Troopers shut down the ramp from Gallows Road, reporting that there were “multiple vehicles” on the scene. However, the vehicle responsible for the crash was not present, a trooper told the dispatcher.
At 9:39 p.m., a Fairfax County police officer said they had “received a call from a citizen who believes he might be the hit-and-run driver,” according to the scanner.
“During the course of the crash investigation, state police were notified by Fairfax County Police that they had received a call from the driver of the Chevrolet,” VSP spokesperson Corinne Geller confirmed in an update around 12:20 p.m. today (Monday).
The call came from a parking garage in the Mosaic District. Upon locating the Chevrolet in the garage, troopers arrested the driver — Brian C. Diffell, 46, of Falls Church — and charged him with a felony count of hit-and-run.
“The investigation remains ongoing and in consultation with the Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney,” Geller said.
— VDOT Northern VA (@VaDOTNOVA) September 25, 2023
Police believe Gamaathige Desoya was trying to make a left turn onto northbound Kirby Road but instead turned into the southbound lanes. The incident happened on August 12 around 6 a.m.
His car struck Brigitte Forster, who was walking along the crosswalk. She died on the scene police said.
Excessive speed and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the crash, according ot the Fairfax County Police Department.
FCPD is seeking more information on the case:
Detectives would like to speak to anyone who may have information about this case. Those with information are asked to please call our Crash Reconstruction Unit at 703-280-0543. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), and by web –Click HERE. Download the ‘P3 Tips’ App and follow the steps to “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards. Please leave contact information if you wish for a detective to follow up with you.
The suspected driver in a crash that killed a pedestrian in Bailey’s Crossroads last month is now facing additional charges.
The Fairfax County Police Department announced today that 33-year-old Woodbridge resident Benjamin Lopez Encinas has been charged with aggravated DWI manslaughter and felony hit and run.
“Yesterday, detectives served the warrants on Lopez Encinas who remains held without bond,” the FCPD said.
Lopez Encinas had already been charged with a driving under the influence of alcohol for allegedly hitting and killing 26-year-old Luis Fernando Jimenez Rodriguez on July 8.
According to police, Lopez Encinas was driving east on Columbia Pike in a 2010 BMW when he hit Jimenez Rodriguez at the Powell Lane intersection.
Lopez Encinas didn’t stop at the crash site, but officers later located his vehicle in the 6100 block of Marshall Drive. Scanner traffic indicated that the vehicle was identified by blood on its front bumper.
The Woodbridge resident remains in custody at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. After an arraignment on Friday (Aug. 11), he’s scheduled to appear in court for an adjudicatory hearing on the original, misdemeanor DWI charge on Aug. 31 and a preliminary hearing on the new felony charges on Oct. 25, according to court records.
Jimenez Rodriguez was the fifth pedestrian to die in a vehicle crash on Fairfax County roads this year. Since then, the total number of pedestrian fatalities has climbed to seven, according to the FCPD, with 86-year-old McLean resident Brigitte Forster as the most recent victim.
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Updated at 6:15 p.m. on 8/13/2023 — The pedestrian in Friday morning’s crash was 86-year-old Brigitte Forster of McLean, Fairfax County police say.
The driver of the 2009 Toyota Sienna that hit her was turning left onto northbound Kirby Road from the Sylvestry at Vinson Hall parking lot when they “cut the turn short and entered the southbound lanes,” according to the police.
Updated at 9:50 a.m. — Kirby Road has reopened after this morning’s fatal crash, police say.
Earlier: A woman has died after a vehicle hit her while she was crossing Kirby Road in McLean.
Fairfax County police officers are investigating the scene at Kirby Road and Old Dominion Drive next to the Chesterbrook United Methodist Church, the department said at 7:12 a.m.
“Traffic being diverted at Kirby Rd & Old Dominion Dr. Follow officer direction,” the Fairfax County Police Department tweeted.
According to scanner traffic on Open MHz, a police dispatcher reported at 6:05 a.m. that there was a crash with an injury at 1733 Kirby Road, stating that the victim may be trapped under a minivan, but those details hadn’t been confirmed yet.
A Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department unit with a medic was also dispatched to the scene. The minivan driver remained on the scene, a dispatcher said at 6:08 a.m.
“It would appear that the victim was struck in a crosswalk on Kirby Road,” an officer said at 6:32 a.m. The crosswalk at that intersection crosses Kirby right at the top of a ramp from Old Dominion.
The woman was transported to the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, where she died at 6:39 a.m., according to scanner traffic.
Officers are on scene of a fatal pedestrian crash at Kirby Rd & Old Dominion Dr in McLean. Driver of a vehicle struck an adult woman. Woman declared deceased. The driver remained on scene. Traffic being diverted at Kirby Rd & Old Dominion Dr. Follow officer direction. #FCPD pic.twitter.com/9PtUG1vTW3
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) August 11, 2023
This appears to be the sixth fatal pedestrian crash in Fairfax County so far this year, following a crash involving a possibly intoxicated driver on Columbia Pike in Bailey’s Crossroads on June 8. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ crash database, which has records dating back to 2010, doesn’t show any previous incidents at Kirby and Old Dominion.
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Updated at 8:50 p.m. — Franconia-Springfield Parkway has reopened after a driver hit a pedestrian earlier this evening.
Earlier: A pedestrian has been hospitalized after a vehicle crash on Franconia-Springfield Parkway in Springfield.
All westbound lanes have been closed to traffic at Spring Village Drive, according to police.
“The adult man was taken to the hospital in life-threatening condition,” the Fairfax County Police Department said shortly after 6 p.m.
According to scanner traffic, medics were dispatched to the scene around 5:29 p.m. A dispatcher reported at 5:30 p.m. reported that “someone hit a pedestrian that was crossing the road.”
Update: Our Crash Reconstruction Unit detectives are on scene to investigate the crash. The road remains closed while the investigation continues. pic.twitter.com/C1EHfSgxv6
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) July 12, 2023
Pedestrians were casualties of two separate vehicle crashes this past weekend, Fairfax County police reported.
A 26-year-old pedestrian was killed early Saturday morning (July 8) in Bailey’s Crossroads by an apparently intoxicated driver, and then, early this morning (Monday), a man was taken to the hospital after a crash on Fairfax County Parkway and Stringfellow Road in Chantilly.
The man wasn’t considered to be in life-threatening condition, but police described the crash as “serious” in a 12:06 a.m. tweet.
Officers are on scene of a serious car crash involving a pedestrian at Fairfax County Pkwy and Stringfellow Road. An adult male pedestrian was taken to the hospital in non-life-threatening condition. The road will remain closed while the investigation continues. #FCPD pic.twitter.com/tbqkdR3Axb
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) July 10, 2023
For the fatal crash, eastbound Columbia Pike was shut down for an extended period after the driver of a 2010 BMW hit Luis Fernando Jimenez Rodriguez at the Columbia Pike and Powell Lane around 2:13 a.m., according to the Fairfax County Police Department.
“Preliminarily, detectives determined that the driver of a 2010 BMW was traveling eastbound on Columbia Pike near Lincolnia Road when it struck a pedestrian,” the FCPD said.
The driver didn’t stop at the scene, police said. An officer who first arrived at the scene told a dispatcher that track marks stretched all the way to Barcroft Plaza, according to scanner traffic on Open MHz.
Police found the BMW in the 6100 block of Marshall Drive. Per the scanner, an officer identified it as the vehicle because he found blood on the front bumper.
The vehicle owner and alleged driver was Benjamin Lopez Encinas, 33, of Woodbridge, according to the FCPD.
Encinas has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and is now in custody at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.
“Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this crash,” the FCPD said.
Rodriguez appears to be the fifth pedestrian killed in Fairfax County this year, according to Virginia crash data, which shows that there were 16 pedestrian fatalities through July in 2022.
Concerns about the safety of Columbia Pike, which has now been the site of at least nine fatal crashes since 2010, have prompted Fairfax County to pursue some improvements, including a crossing beacon at the intersection where Justice High School student Lesly Diaz-Bonilla was killed in November.