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UPDATED: Police Investigating Reston Parkway Hit-and-Run

by Karen Goff — November 18, 2014 at 11:15 am 2,736 29 Comments

Fairfax County Police

(Updated 11:30 a.m. Tuesday with specific injuries to victim)

Fairfax County Police are investigating a hit-and-run that took place Sunday night about 6:30 p.m. on Reston Parkway near the Spectrum Center.

Police Public Information Officer Lucy Caldwell said a woman was struck by a vehicle while she was crossing Reston Parkway with her teenage daughter.

Witnesses said the victims were not walking in a crosswalk. Groceries were spilled all over the road, which was briefly closed.

Police said they were looking for a red sedan that headed southbound on Reston Parkway.

The woman was transported to a hospital. Family members said the victim is in a induced coma after emergency surgery for organ damage, as well as a fractured right leg and broken and dislocated elbow. The child was not injured.

  • family

    You need to get some facts right.She had life threatening injuries.

    • Karen Goff

      Since I did not witness the accident, I can only go by the info the police give me. I you are a family member and want to talk further, please contact me at [email protected] and give me more information and I will update the story.

    • taffytoo

      if she is in an induced coma and has other injuries which the article states one can surmise it is definitely a life threatening injuries that were sustained by the victim….

      • obxers

        You no doubt read the article AFTER it was updated to include the specific injuries, as noted at the top of the report.

  • Scout

    NOW: Can we please take Pedestrian safety seriously! Seriously – everyday – drivers speed up when they see me in a crosswalk. Now, to explain – I wait until the crosswalk is clear, then proceed, and a car will come from around a corner – see me -and speed up. I sure hope this woman and her young daughter recover fully from their physical and emotional wounds.

    • family

      Thanks so much for the kind words,we are holding up as best we can.We also know how people like to speed up when they are in the crosswalk my mother in law has almost been hit in crosswalk also.

    • vdiv

      I noticed that many of the street lights at the various Reston Parkway intersections either do not work or are very dim. Also the street lights that shared a pole with the signal lights at the Wiehle Ave/Center Harbor Road were removed when the signals were replaced, and that intersection is now completely dark. Not sure if the street lights are the responsibility of the Reston Association, VDOT or Dominion, but now with longer nights it is imperative that they work well.

  • OpenReston

    My God, people slow down in crosswalk areas like this and residential..Can’t believe the person didn’t stop and help either. Hope they are caught.

    • OpenReston

      Thanks, didn’t realize it wasn’t a crosswalk area, not sure where I picked that up..but to my other point, someone hit this person and didn’t stop, my god.

      • Derek

        regardless if she was in the crosswalk or not, people need to be more alert in crosswalk areas. I happen to be driving by the scene not too long after it happened wondering what was going on and when the medics were tending to her on the street she wasn’t too far from the crosswalk. I’ve been living in this area for a little over a year and I always use the crosswalks while being overly cautious & I still seem to have many drivers almost hit me. In the areas where you have the right hand turns that intersect with crosswalks I’ve stood there on the sidewalk with my girlfriend and watched some drivers not even look to their right to see if someone was crossing and that’s in the daytime. I can only image what they do (or don’t do) when it’s dark. I hope this victim is alright and is able to recover from this terrible incident. I’m not putting the blame on the driver or the pedestrian but there needs to be either more lights near crosswalks, walk-overs, flashing lights next to the signal lights to alert drivers that 1.) there is a crosswalk near and 2.) that someone may be crossing – or some combination of all of these. That’s how some other pedestrian filled areas are that I have been to are (outside of the in U.S.)

  • Mike M

    From the story: “Witnesses said the victims were not walking in a crosswalk.”

    People stop crossing the roads at night unless you are in a well-lit crosswalk. Pretty simple. I wish the vicitm well, but i surely wish they weren’t walking where they were walking.

    • MeganH

      All of that Reston Parkway stretch near the Town Center, you need to be aware of people crossing, lots of accidents there & I’ve seen cars almost drive over people in the crosswalks too..many people w/kids & dogs are crossing at all times.

      • Mike M

        I try to be aware. But I have seen people run across at night, in the rain, and in dark clothes. I’ve seen people basically “begging” to get clobbered. I can only think they feel like the responsibility is all on the drivers and it is not. That mentality shows up in this room every time a biker or pedestrian gets struck. Truth is that it’s a two-way responsibility. The fiction that Reston is eminently walk-able doesn’t help. Reston is car-centric Fairfax County and has become more so in recent years. The law doesn’t come down on drivers striking peds in non-crosswalk areas. This, however, was a hit and run, so this driver should be in a heap. Nobody wants to hit anyone and no one wants to get hit. but the awareness and common sense applies to all.

        • M

          Agree, and I will also note that the streets in Reston are very dark, apparently due to the deliberate choice not to have “too many” streetlights.

        • TonyA

          Thanks for your sane view

  • Karen Goff

    I did not delete any previous comments. Also, it says in the story she was not in a crosswalk.

    • M

      Somehow the comments disappeared. In any event, other commenters keep saying “slow down in the crosswalk” which is irrelevant since she wasn’t in one.

  • east297

    It is a fact, cars are larger and more powerful than people. Only cross in crosswalks and then be extra cautious. We need more oversreet crosswalks in Reston like the one at Wiehle and North Shore..

    • Scout

      I am here to tell you that it is open season on pedestrians. Agreed: we should cross in crosswalks – we don’t know why this pedestrian was not in a crosswalk – but my goodness – cut people on foot a brake! (misspelling intentional). Just this week I was crossing Center Harbor at North Village – the coast was clear – a car came out of nowhere and nearly hit me – and the driver hoisted his coffee cup – not sure what the message was – but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t “I’m sorry.”

      • MeganH

        Yeah, slow down people, driving through Reston is not the Beltway. Lots of aggressive drivers out there, see them every day..

    • guesticle

      If you think getting people to cross at crosswalks is difficult, it’s even harder making them use a bridge. I turn at North Shore/Wiehle every day at the corner you mention, and it seems at least once a week someone is crossing Wiehle on the ground, running to avoid traffic.

      I mean, there’s a bridge…right there.

  • Mike M

    Is there not a tunnel or two under the Parkway in that area? Are people afraid to use it?

    • Cathie Gorman Freeman

      There is the bike path tunnel, one, but if people won’t walk to the light they won’t to the tunnel. And I don’t know how you get from the tunnel to street level. There should be walk-overs built with the help of developers. You have to keep people off Reston Parkway. They just don’t know how to jaywalk anymore.

      • HP

        Walk overs won’t fly — they are an eyesore. I’m not arguing that it won’t improve pedestrian safety; just don’t think it’ll ever get approved.

  • MeganH

    There have been fatalities also, couple years ago a woman was hit on Colts Neck and died. The speed limit is 35 there, no reason if you’re going the speed limit that person should have been hit even if it was a last minute, omg.

  • Cathie Gorman Freeman

    Can we please take pedestrian behavior seriously. Wear some light colored clothing so drivers can see you. LOOK before you step out into the path of an oncoming vehicle. Only cross at cross walks and with traffic lights. And still LOOK before you cross.

    • Scout

      And can you please slow down when people are in crosswalks and be alert for people on foot everywhere. All of us who drive cars are also pedestrians at some time during our days.

  • Derek

    regardless if she was in the crosswalk or not, people need to be more alert in crosswalk areas. I happen to be driving by the scene not too long after it happened wondering what was going on and when the medics were tending to her on the street she wasn’t too far from the crosswalk. I’ve been living in this area for a little over a year and I always use the crosswalks while being overly cautious & I still seem to have many drivers almost hit me. In the areas where you have the right hand turns that intersect with crosswalks I’ve stood there on the sidewalk with my girlfriend and watched some drivers not even look to their right to see if someone was crossing and that’s in the daytime. I can only image what they do (or don’t do) when it’s dark. I hope this victim is alright and is able to recover from this terrible incident. I’m not putting the blame on the driver or the pedestrian but there needs to be either more lights near crosswalks, walk-overs, flashing lights next to the signal lights to alert drivers that 1.) there is a crosswalk near and 2.) that someone may be crossing – or some combination of all of these. That’s how some other pedestrian filled areas are that I have been to are (outside of the in U.S.)

  • Lauren collier

    Does the family need any assistance with anything?

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