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Cyclist Killed in Crash Identified by Fairfax County Police

by Karen Goff September 3, 2015 at 10:00 am 3,382 25 Comments

Andrew Gooden/Credit: Go Fund Me Fairfax County Police have identified the man killed after he was struck by an SUV while riding a bicycle on Monday as Andrew Greff Gooden, 38, of St. James, Jamaica.

Gooden was a father of two with a new baby on the way, according to a Go Fund Me page set up for his wife, children and funeral expenses.

Gooden moved to the area in 2014 and was employed a lifeguard and pool manager by Community Pool Services of Maryland, which provides lifeguards to local apartment and neighborhood pools.

Police said Gooden was riding with another cyclist on Sunrise Valley Drive near Coppermine Road in unincorporated Herndon about 8 p.m. on Aug. 31.  The cyclists were riding in the northbound right-hand lane.

A 2014 Chevrolet Suburban SUV, driven by a 29-year-old Fairfax man, also traveling north on Sunrise Valley Drive, approached the bicycles from behind and struck Gooden, police said.

Gooden was taken to Reston Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead later on Monday.

The driver of the SUV remained on the scene. Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in this crash, police said.

Police are still investigating the crash. Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to contact Crime Solvers electronically by visiting www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187″ plus your message to CRIMES(274637)** or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at703-691-2131 .

Photo: Andrew Gooden/Credit: Go Fund Me

  • lswift70

    If your going to kill someone w/ minimal legal ramifications, be sure your behind the wheel. “Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors…” implying the poor driver just couldn’t help it. Pick any excuse “I didn’t see him” (cyclist periodically turn invisible), “he just appeared” (cyclists periodically teleport into the road like Marvel’s Nightcrawler), “he ran into me” (bicycles run into cars because cyclists move too fast or too slow).

    • Mike M

      Since you know how that’s how it works, why would you think bicyclists continue to drive around in fast traffic? Doesn’t make sense, does it? It’s just incredibly unwise.

      • lswift70

        Either you’re tone deaf to sarcasm, or you’re into the great American tradition of blaming the victim (in the spirit of “she deserved it because her skirt was too short”).

    • Lisa W

      I believe the first story stated the cyclist did not have any reflective gear or lights.

      • lswift70

        Of course, its the great American tradition of blaming the victim (in the spirit of “she deserved it because her skirt was too short”). 8pm in august is still light enough to see I understand you’re going with “cyclists are invisible & cannot be seen with regular car headlights”.

        • Mike M

          Sorry you hate your fellow countrymen, Perhaps you should move. So, you compare those with whom you disagree to rapists and their apologists. Great! What’s next? Racism and fascism? GUESS WHAT? Sometimes bikes cannot be seen at night! Fact! I saw a guy last winter riding up Sunrise Valley. His smalll lights were completely weashed out by the oncoming headlights. He was playing Russian roulette. Why is that so hard for you to understand?

          • Lswift70

            An average of 3000 people die daily (not to mention injuries)
            because of distracted driving (i.e. poor judgment). “I couldn’t help it” is just self-serving justification for social irresponsibility. I can understand it because I drive too. The rest of your rant doesn’t really make any sense.

          • Mike M

            Daily? That’s 1,095,000 annually. And so that’s bull. Also, who tracks the cause of “distracted driving?” I think my “rant” makes way more sense.

            I don’t like folks driving and texting and I see it everywhere. From 2013 to 2014 I was rear-ended twice by people on their phones. Do you have reason to believe that was the case here? I see no reason. But I do see that the biker was out at dusk with no lights. SO, bikers are never at fault? No responsibilities for them?

  • bike safety

    I can’t help but think if he had proper Hi vis clothing and lights front and back, this would probably not have happened. Cyclists need to be seen and wear helmets every time they get on a bike day or night.

    • Way to blame the victim. Motorists need to stop hitting cyclists. I mean, surely it’s not that difficult to keep your eyes open to what’s right in front of you.

      Also, you have no idea what the cyclist was wearing, and bicycle helmets are not built to safeguard against collisions with motor vehicles – they are built to prevent brain damage from simple falls.

      If the motorist had been paying attention, this would not have happened.

      • bike safety

        Ian I’m not blaming the victim. I do know from the news reports that the bikes did not have lights on them. Lights on your bikes are a simple and effective way to make yourself more visible.
        I use them every time I get on my bike day or night.

        If the driver had seen Gooden sooner (or at all) this would not have happened. What easy, inexpensive steps can cyclists take to increase their visibility? Lights.

        I’m sorry for Gooden’s family’s loss, and the psychological trauma the driver must live with for the rest of his life.

      • Mike M

        You have no idea the driver wasn’t paying attention. I know that recent pedestrian strikes resulted in no charges because the ped was in the street at night and NOT at a crosswalk. Bikers need to understand that their safety is not everyone else’s responsibility. It is firstly, their own! It’s all part of growing up.

  • Michael Heilman

    Aggressive, homicidal driver. Will get slap on the wrist

    • Mike M

      Aggressive? You know this because . . .?

  • Commonsense

    I seriously doubt the driver intended to hit the biker, this why they call them accidents. Drivers in Reston are aggressive and distracted usually at rush hour so slow it down folks, there are walkers, bikers at times in the road. Bikers in Reston, equally beware and use all your reflective stuff at all times, if you’re going to be in traffic with cars, just be safe.

    • Actually, they are called “collisions” by police precisely because the word “accident” implies there’s no one to blame.

  • Steve

    In addition to speed and alcohol, the police need to say whether texting was a factor in the crash. Not just in this accident but in every one.

  • John Higgins

    I have a ridiculous suggestion: let’s put aside out uninformed judgments and see what the police investigation concludes. We are talking about potential criminal charges and I see no reason whatsoever to suggest that this regretable loss of life is being treated casually.

    Far from blaming the victim, comments elsewhere reminding us that hi-vis clothing and protective gear are welcome. Biking on our crowded roads is dangerous. Accept that as the starting point. if anyone has suggestions to reduce that danger, we all want to hear them. As for conclusions based on virtually no facts, well, I can do without that.

  • family

    i bet if it was your family none of yall would be talking bout proper gears and tail lights

    • Mike M

      Irrelevant.

      • angel

        Mike M why would you say irrelevant, what if that is one of his family for real, do you have any idea what his family is going through,

        • Mike M

          Fortunately, I can only imagine what they are going through. But if your relative jumps in front of a speeding train, you might blame the conductor. But that would be because your sense of pain and loss made you irrational. Feelings are irrational in arguments about safety and physics.

  • Mike M

    Go away race baiter. It’s a non-issue in this story. Only a true racists would see the man’s race and then inject it into an issue. The guy was not riding safely and something bad happened to him.

  • Scott Ennis
  • Den

    Thanks to all who has empathized with the family. As Andrew’s wife, this is the first time since his passing that I could bring myself to reading the news online and seeing ur comments. It hurts so bad, because he was a loving, caring and responsible person. Just doing wat he cud to make an honest living. Regardless of ur opinions I ask u to keep us in ur prayers.

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