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Fairfax County police cruiser with lights on (via FCPD/Facebook)

(Updated at 12:40 p.m.) Fairfax County police are investigating a vehicle crash in Annandale that sent four pedestrians, along with the vehicle’s occupants, to the hospital.

The crash occurred in the 7200 block of Maple Place, which is currently closed to traffic between Annandale Road and Daniels Avenue.

A traffic alert from Fairfax Alerts said to expect delays due to the “significant emergency response.”

The Fairfax County Police Department says its detectives preliminarily believe that the driver left the road and hit the four pedestrians. One of the pedestrian’s injuries is considered life-threatening, police confirmed.

Photo via FCPD/Facebook

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Morning Notes

It’s gosling season at Lake Audubon in Reston (photo by Marjorie Copson)

Family of Slain Alexandria Man Urge FCPD to Resume Search — Family members and friends of Ahmed Hasheem Ebrahim called on Fairfax County police yesterday (Thursday) to resume searching for his body at a landfill in King George County. Police believe Ebrahim was killed in an attempted robbery in Lincolnia and have arrested and charged two people in connection with his disappearance in mid-January. [The Washington Post]

FCPD Sex Trafficking Lawsuit Allowed to Advance — “A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a lawsuit against two former police officers accused of protecting a sex trafficking ring in northern Virginia in exchange for sex can move forward…The lawsuit is filed on behalf of a Costa Rican woman identified in court papers only as Jane Doe.” [WTOP]

Local Groups Call for Lockheed Blvd Improvements — “Together, the leaders expressed appreciation for the county’s proposal to add standard bike lanes along the roadway near Huntley Meadows Park but insisted that protected bike lanes or a cycle track were necessary to ensure cyclist safety.” [On the MoVe]

New I-66 Express Lanes on Track to Open This Year — “Although VDOT has not given an exact date yet, spokesperson Michelle Holland tells 7 News that as long as the weather does not cause major construction delays, the new express lanes should open some time in December at the latest. Construction on the lanes has now been going on more than four years.” [ABC7]

Nearby: Landmark Mall Demolition Begins — “After two decades of Landmark Mall redevelopment being just out of reach, city officials and developers alike let out wild roars of satisfaction as the wrecking ball crashed into the side of the building…There’s still a long way to go before the first buildings of the new hospital and mixed-use development start coming online — currently slated for 2026.” [ALXnow]

Man Pushing Stroller Hit by Vehicle in Vienna — A pedestrian told police that he was knocked to the ground by a vehicle while pushing his child in a stroller past the Chick-fil-A parking lot at 538 Maple Avenue W on April 27. According to the Vienna Police Department’s weekly recap, the driver attempted to talk to the pedestrian, who left the scene but later reported the incident. [Vienna Police]

Local Foster Parent Awarded — “Congratulations to Sue Christenson! She’s been recognized as the 2022 Fairfax County Foster Parent of the Year by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG). Sue has been a foster parent for nearly 15 years, and she is happily spending her golden years giving precious children a new beginning.” [Fairfax County Government/YouTube]

Lunar Eclipse May Be Visible Sunday — “The first of two total lunar eclipses visible to Virginia and DC residents in 2022 occurs Sunday night into Monday and will turn May’s full flower moon blood red. Oh, and it’s also a supermoon — depending on whom you ask.” [Patch]

It’s Friday — Overcast throughout the day. High of 69 and low of 58. Sunrise at 5:59 am and sunset at 8:14 pm. [Weather.gov]

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Guinea Road facing Olley Lane in Burke (via Google Maps)

(Updated at 3:30 p.m.) Lloyd Ingram, a 58-year-old Burke resident, died after being hit by a vehicle yesterday (Wednesday), Fairfax County police reported.

The crash happened in Burke around 6:30 p.m., and a preliminary investigation found he was walking in the crosswalk, police said.

A 2013 Kia Forte struck him at the intersection of Guinea Road and Olley Lane, and the driver remained on the scene, according to police.

Fairfax County Police Department Crash Reconstruction Unit detectives arrived on the scene of the crash around 8:30 p.m. Guinea Road was closed for more than two hours as police investigated.

Ingram, a pedestrian, was transported to a hospital, where he died. The driver of the vehicle that hit him remained on the scene, according to police.

Police are asking people to contact them with information. Authorities said the case is still active.

This is the sixth pedestrian fatality in Fairfax County this year, following a death in Springfield on April 3.

Photo via Google Maps

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Baron Cameron Avenue approaching North Village Road in Reston (via Google Maps)

A woman injured in a vehicle crash in Reston earlier this month has died, Fairfax County police announced today (Tuesday).

The crash occurred on Baron Cameron Avenue near the North Village Road intersection around 10:45 a.m. on Feb. 3, shutting down the avenue’s eastbound lanes.

Identified as 86-year-old Huamin Xuan, the woman was crossing Baron Cameron Avenue from north to south prior to the intersection, which has no crosswalk, when the driver of a 2003 Toyota Prius headed east on Baron Cameron hit her, according to the police report.

Xuan was transported to a hospital but succumbed to her injuries on Feb. 16.

“The driver of the Toyota remained at the scene,” the FCPD said. “Speed and alcohol are not factors in the crash.”

Police say that anyone with additional information related to the crash can contact the Crash Reconstruction Unit at 703-280-0543.

Xuan is the third pedestrian killed in a traffic crash in the county so far this year, outpacing the two fatalities reported at this point in 2021.

One pedestrian was killed on Ox Road in Lorton on Saturday (Feb. 19), and another was injured in a crash on Lee Highway in Fairfax on Jan. 8, succumbing to his injuries later that month.

Photo via Google Maps

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Traffic safety advocates from across the D.C. area have banded together to urge local officials to make improvements that they believe could help prevent the next death of a pedestrian or cyclist.

The campaign specifically focuses on the Route 7 corridor around Baileys Crossroads and Seven Corners after 68-year-old Nguyet Ly was hit and killed when walking along a section of Leesburg Pike without a sidewalk on Dec. 13.

“The Route 7 corridor between these traffic hubs are among the most hazardous in Fairfax County,” said Phil Kemelor, Mason District board member for the community group Fairfax Families for Safe Streets.

Fairfax FSS has partnered with the Coalition for Smarter Growth, CASA, Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling, and other concerned individuals to ask the Virginia Department of Transportation to help.

In a letter to VDOT, the organizations recommend installing a continuous sidewalk or multi-use path on Leesburg Pike, adding crosswalks across all side streets, and prohibiting vehicles from parking within 20 feet of a driveway or intersection, which they say leads to blocked sightlines for drivers.

The letter also notes that the curbside lane where Ly was walking measures 16 feet in width, encouraging speeding compared to lanes that typically range from 10 to 13 feet.

“The Rt. 7 corridor in the Culmore community is a notoriously dangerous place for people walking, biking, and accessing the bus stops,” Sonya Breehey, Coalition for Smarter Growth’s Northern Virginia advocacy manager, wrote in an email. “The recent fatality is just one of many people who are struck and either killed or left with serious injuries in this community.”

While this campaign focuses on the Mason District, Fairfax FSS says the safety issues on Route 7, including insufficient sidewalks and crosswalks, can be seen elsewhere in the county as well and have contributed to other fatal crashes.

A map of pedestrian deaths (red circles) and injuries (orange circles) due to vehicle crashes (courtesy Fairfax Families for Safe Street)

Based on five years of VDOT data, the group identified the following as the most dangerous roads in Fairfax County, in addition to Route 7:

  • Route 1
  • Route 29
  • Route 50
  • Little River Turnpike
  • Backlick Road
  • Telegraph Road
  • Shreve Road at the Washington and Old Dominion Trail
  • Eastbound sections of Columbia Turnpike
  • Old Keene Road/Franconia Road

The data spanned September 2016 to September 2021 and involved over 100 crashes where pedestrians or cyclists were severely injured or killed.

“Nearly 50% of the fatalities are among those who are 60 years of age and older,” Kemelor said in an email.

Fairfax Families for Safe Streets has also compiled a map of “near misses” reported by pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers to show where streets could be upgraded. People can add to the map by completing an online survey.

Ly was the 13th pedestrian killed in a traffic crash last year in Fairfax County, which ended 2021 with 14 such deaths after an Annandale resident was hit by a car on Route 123 in Tysons and died on Dec. 30. The county also recorded three bicyclist deaths last year.

Police reported the first pedestrian fatality of 2022 on Tuesday (Jan. 18). The crash occurred on Jan. 8 on Route 29 at Forum Drive, and Joel Gonzalez, 22, of Fairfax later succumbed to his injuries while in a hospital.

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