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Victim in Fatal Pedestrian Accident Identified by Police

by Karen Goff October 21, 2015 at 4:00 pm 2,875 27 Comments

Wiehle and Chestnut Grove/Credit: FCPDFairfax County Police have identified the pedestrian killed in an early morning crash on Wiehle Avenue Wednesday as Silvia Raquel Corella Erazo, 72, of Reston.

Police are still investigating the crash that occurred at 6:25 a.m. on Wiehle southbound near Chestnut Grove Square.

Detectives from the FCPD’s Crash Reconstruction Unit are still investigating this crash, said police.

At this point, they say a 30-year-old Sterling-area man was driving a 2005 Honda Accord south on Wiehle toward the Metro station around 6:25 a.m. when he drove past the entrance of the Chestnut Grove community complex.

At the same time and location, Corella Erazo was crossing Wiehle Avenue on foot, from east to west. She was able to cross the northbound lanes of traffic and part of the southbound lanes before she was struck by the right, front portion of the Accord.

This crash investigation is ongoing, and neither speed nor alcohol appear to be factors in the crash, police said. There are no crosswalks at this location.

The victim was transported to Reston Hospital Center with life-threatening injuries and died a short time later.

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Photo: Police investigate crash at Wiehle and Chestnut Grove/Credit: FCPD

  • Lisa W.

    My guess is that, at that time of the morning, it was dark and she was hard for drivers to see. So sad.

    • Scout

      Yes, it’s dark at 6:30 – cars have headlights – Rule of the Road – Don’t overdrive your headlights. Basic driver’s ed!!!!!!

      • Mike M

        The pedestrian is dead, so with whom should you really share your wisdom? Drivers? I don’t think so.

        • Scout

          what’s your point Mike M – two people’s live were ruined that morning – Are you saying you don’t think the drivers need to respect pedestrians’ rights.

          • Mike M

            I am saying if pedestrians do stupid things, they get hurt. I am saying if there is bad planning, pedestrians are endangered. I am saying if pedestrians get self-righteous, they die.

        • Smart phone

          I don’t think you have the answer either. Mortal!

  • ConcernedCitizen

    ¿Cómo se dice, mira para el tráfico

    • Bruce Wright

      Come se dice, mira para las gente in la calle.

      • Mike M

        Oiga! BAM!
        ¿Quién pierde?

  • Wylie E.

    Since this did not happen at a crosswalk, and speed nor alcohol appear to be a factor. I don’t think the driver will face any criminal issues. A tragic accident.

    • UStifosi .

      Does texting count?

      • Mike M

        It will if the police determine the driver was texting at that time.

  • Bruce Wright

    According to VA Code, motorists are required to yield to a pedestrian “At any regular pedestrian crossing included in the prolongation of the lateral boundary lines of the adjacent sidewalk at the end of a block;” 46.2-924. There does not have to be a painted crosswalk. This is often referred to as an unmarked crosswalk. I would suggest that many police are not familiar with this part of the code.

    Pedestrians regularly cross at that location to get to the bus stop located directly across from the entrance to Chestnut Grove.

    • Mike M

      Bruce, you are wrong. There will be no charges filed. In recent similar cases there have been no charges filed. You are encouraging people to strut across the street at the wrong place and the wrong time. It is not their right and it is very dangerous.

      • Craig

        It’s not right but it’s the law to yield to pedestrians even if they’re not on the crosswalk so suck it up mike.

        • Mike M

          Let’s see if charges are pressed. I think not. I think you are trying to embolden bad pedestrian behavior, I am disgusted.

          • Scout

            Are you never a pedestrian – confronted 3000 + pounds of steel of bearing down on you with inattentive or poorly taught drivers behind the wheel.

          • Mike M

            Yes I am often a pedstrian and a biker. I’ve seen some really bad driving while I have been in both roles. But it’s not always the drivers. Most are cautious around pedestrians. Few are not. All the more reason to take special care as a pedestrian and biker. Just last night I saw a kid standing in the median with a skate board on a cell phone on Sunrise at Upper Lakes. It was dark and I saw him late, then he darted across northward in front of oncoming traffic. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been startled at night to see people dressed in dark clothing standing in the median of Reston Parkway in the two locations where I know there have been fatal pedestrians strikes, I cannot think of one local incident recently where a driver who did flee the scene was charged. Pedestrians can put an end to these incidents with their behavior.

      • Bruce Wright

        There’s a bus stop directly across the street from the Chestnut Grove entrance. There’s no crosswalk for a very long distance. People are going to cross there and it’s not illegal to cross. “Where intersections contain no marked crosswalks, pedestrians shall not be guilty of negligence as a matter of law for crossing at any such intersection or between intersections when crossing by the most direct route.”

        Just because charges aren’t filed against motorists doesn’t give them the right to plow down innocent pedestrians. Everyone needs to go slower and obey traffic laws. Spend a minute at Wiehe and Sunset Hills and watch the many, many traffic infractions. We’ve accepted a culture of going over the speed limit and ignoring red lights when turning right.

        • Anonymous

          Even going the speed limit, that area is poorly lit going north on Wiehle. There could be any number of reasons that a reasonable driver would have difficulty spotting the pedestrian, or that a reasonable pedestrian would still be in danger.

          And honestly, after a tragedy like this while it’s very satisfying to cast blame on the surviving party, a driver that in all likelihood now will bear a lifetime of personal guilt for killing someone no matter whether or not prosecution occurs, that doesn’t solve anything. So stop blaming the driver and let’s try to solve the problem.

          This brings home the point that this area needs better street lighting and better pedestrian crossing options. It’s incredibly difficult to see in this area at night, even with brights on.

          • Bruce Wright

            While I think most people can agree with your suggestions we need to acknowledge we have a problem with drivers disregarding the law when it comes to speeding and stoping on red and at STOP signs. That behavior won’t change unless we acknowledge it exists.

          • Anonymous

            This tragedy didn’t happen anywhere near a stop sign or a red light. I don’t understand your point about stopping at red lights or stop signs.

        • Mike M

          You are making up laws to satisfy you fantastic notions. Will they file charges? No. So, go to . . .

          • Bruce Wright

            I was discussing a general disregard of traffic laws by motorists. The area around the Wiehe Metro station is very dangerous for pedestrians and bicyclists because of this type of behavior. Speeding certainly could have been a factor in this pedestrian death.

            And Mike M, the code I was citing is 46.2-923, http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title46.2/chapter8/section46.2-923/

          • Mike M

            What I saw reported was that police did not believe sped was a factor in the incident. I think it is wrong to blame drivers or pedestrians in general. I am both, and I can say while acting in the pedestrian role the extra onus of safety is on me, because a collision will likely be catastrophic. I’d like to cite the laws of physics which always trump the law. I’ll also note that charges are almost never filed against drivers who strike pedestrians crossing illegally. I can think of no such case. The planning around this area is a disaster setting up such collisions from the point of this incident all the way up to Sunrise Valley. Technically, it is a cluster fark.

          • CE

            Mike, Bruce sees drivers blow through red lights and speed all the time, therefore regardless of what actually happen and what the police say they believe happened, let’s lock this up and throw away the key.

          • Mike M

            CE. I see what’s out there too. I’ve been rear-ended twice in the past year by people. One admitted he was on his phone. I believe the other was texting although she did not admit it. But I am not quite ready to join the self-righteous lynch mob. As a percentage, I’d say that bicyclists and motorcyclists are the worst behaved. Maybe 10-20% are pure jerks. (Have you seen the speed demons buzzing pedestrians routinely on the W&OD?) I’d say only about 5% of the drivers are consistently bad apples. Sure, this is a wag. Doesn’t even matter. What matters is this: Given that we all see drivers do bad things sometimes, wouldn’t it follow that pedestrians should stay diligent and look out for themselves when walking across a road that was built for cars? They stand to lose the most. I prefer logic to mob rule.

            Should lock up everyone who has an accident?


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