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Police Looking for Driver Who Killed Woman in North Shore Drive Hit-and-Run

by Tim Regan August 29, 2016 at 10:30 am 32 Comments

Fairfax County Police (Updated at 3:08 p.m.) Fairfax County Police are looking for the person who drove into a woman and killed her on North Shore Drive last night.

Someone behind the wheel of a car hit and killed 76-year-old Hung Soon Seo at the intersection of North Shore Drive and Village Road some time before 5:15 p.m. yesterday, police said.

Seo was crossing North Shore Drive at a four way intersection when she was hit by a vehicle that did not stop, according to authorities.

Though police initially believed the car was a newer model black Nissan Altima, “new information has determined that the initially thought to be the suspect vehicle may instead be a witness to the hit and run,” according to an update from FCPD.

Emergency personnel rushed Seo to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where she was pronounced dead about 11:30 p.m. yesterday.

Authorities have urged anyone with information to contact them.

  • Scout

    Open season on pedestrians – as always – in Reston – can’t county on all my fingers and toes the times I have dodged cars when walking my dog – when I am crossing legally. Drivers treat stop signs and red lights as “optional.” And do not recognize the right of pedestrians to cross intersections – legally. I suggest that any budget crisis in Fairfax County and Virginia can be solved easily by the police department strongly enforcing the traffic laws. The are not optional – they apply to all – I fear FFX County drivers far more than a terrorist attack.

    • Mike M

      Odd. I both drive and walk in Reston. I am very careful walking. Never had a problem “dodging” cars. While driving, on the other hand, I have nearly hit three pedestrians who suddenly showed up at non-crossings, moved suddenly into my path from the left or right, while wearing dark clothing at night. In each case they looked at me after I “dodged” them as though I was the problem. One was at Reston Parkway. One on South Lakes. One on Sunrise Valley. Reston is a darker than normal suburban environment at night. When you cross a road, you have an obligation to make sure it’s safe. People in Reston seem to think they can bike or walk where they want and it’s up to the drivers to look out for them. That will be seen in comments here I predict. I’d like to know if this woman was crossing legally.

  • Scout

    Oh I remember you – after the lady was killed outside Chestnut Grove – please let’s not you and I do this again. I can only hope they catch the driver in this hit and run case. Maybe I’ll start posting photos of drivers/autos who nearly plow into me in crosswalks in North Point or RTC – although I won’t be RTC much after they start charging for parking. During my last visit I was in the crosswalk and a driver entered the crosswalk – before I even got near the middle – it’s ridiculous.

    • Mike M

      This may be the odd case where the driver was at fault. In most ped strikes in Reston there are no charges, unless the driver flees the scene. We can agree that RTC and parking lots are the scene of bully driving. North Point and South Lakes Shopping Centers come to mind.

      • censorshipstinks

        RTC should put up crosswalk signs and end the bickering. I have seen people run to crosswalks just to slow to a walk so that they would not have to wait there turn. Do not put all of this on the drivers at RTC. That place is a mess.

    • censorshipstinks

      Hopefully they also post the photos of the people that just jump out of no where and cross the street.

  • meh

    Remember pedestrians have the right of way unless they are in the way. We can argue day and night over whom should have the right of way and who the burden of responsibility falls on.

    But remember this, if you’re walking and mess up, the vehicle will win

    • censorshipstinks

      The pedestrian should always have right of way unless it is a highway. Then stomp on the gas and if they do not move 50 points to you. Your winning at driving.

      • Mike M

        People get killed in Reston thinking they, as the pedestrian, have the right of way. They do not generally have the right of way.

        • censorshipstinks

          Actually they Generally do have the right of way. There is no question they have the right of way in a crosswalk. But on city roads 9 times out of 10 they have the right of way.

          • Mike M

            Actually they do not have the right to step into a crosswalk in front of oncoming traffic. That’s in the law. But many seem to think they do. Bicyclists too. In parking lots and low speed venues like the RTC, pedestrian strikes are pretty inexcusable. On major thoroughfares dicey pedestrian behavior has been lethal many times in the County lately, a few in Reston. Usually there are no charges filed for good reason, unless the driver bolts. Am I repeating myself?

          • Kevin

            Mike is correct. It is not only stupid but also the law to wait until traffic yields/stops. This is why many pedestrians and cyclists wait to ensure vehicles are stopping before entering the roadway. Mike always forgets to point out that if a pedestrian or cyclist is waiting at a cross walk, the driver is required to stop by law. If both obey these laws no one will get killed and we can all get along. This is for roadways >25mph limits; 25 or lower, pedestrian always have the right of way.

          • Mike M

            Not if the bike or pedestrian has a stop sign as with the W&OD trail at Hunter Mill and Sunrise and Sunset and Wiehle.

          • censorshipstinks

            You really need to read the actual law. Pedestrians have right of way in a crosswalk unless there is a stop light for vehicles at which point there is a crossing sign.

          • Mike M

            I have read it many times!
            They do not have a right of way UNLESS they are already in the crosswalk. They have an obligation to stop at stop signs and to NOT cross until the conditions are safe. That is the Virginia state law for crosswalks. Your notion that they have no obligations is bizarre!

          • censorshipstinks

            Motor vehicles MUST yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. Whether the crosswalk is marked or not. However the pedestrian is prohibited from maliciously interfering with the orderly passage of vehicles. But hey that is summarizing what I just read again for the upteenth time.

          • Mike M

            You have added nothing. We have been over this in this forum. Of course if they are in the crosswalk, you yield rather than run them down. But you have no obligation to stop at a crosswalk and encourage people to get in it. This is especially true where there are four lanes and where there is a stop sign at the crosswalk. As I have noted people don’t even get charged for running folks over when crossing out of a crosswalk AND the pedestrian has the obligation to NOT cross until it is safe.

            So WHAT is your point?

          • censorshipstinks

            just because you want to be excused to hit a person does not make it against the law.

          • censorshipstinks

            Virginia Law Code 46.2-928

      • Why do you bother?

        Right of way doesn’t do you any good if you walk out in front of a car moving at speed.

        • censorshipstinks

          It does when your bank account starts filling up because of that person. You should always drive defensively when around where pedestrians are around. You never know when a kid might jump out. And do not say it is the parents fault. The driver should always have full control over their vehicle.

          • Why do you bother?

            Says someone who has never hit a deer, obviously. In principle, I wholly agree with you. But there are some things that just can’t be prevented – like driving the speed limit and having someone leap into the street an inch from your bumper.

          • censorshipstinks

            Says someone that almost hit a kid and is especially careful now around cars parked on the street. Says someone that hit a deer and a dog. So maybe you should assume less about other people.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Rest in peace, Hung Soon Seo.

    And to the bastage that hit her and fled, I say, “Man up! Turn yourself in, and own your mistake.”

  • Kristen

    Let’s stop blaming the victim here – it was before 5:15pm, so not dark, and at/near a 4-way intersection where speed should have been very slow approaching the intersection. Even if the lady was jaywalking here, a driver going the speed limit and paying any amount of attention should have had a chance to react to a pedestrian in the road. At night, folks walking /biking with dark clothes and crossing erratically, it could easily be an accident. But sounds to me like this is a case of inattentive driving, compounded by the fact that they left the scene!!! Clearly were doing something they should not have been while driving which caused them to hit the pedestrian. Hope they find the person who did this. RIP

  • Ming the Merciless

    North Shore Drive is so poorly lit I am surprised more people don’t get hit.

    Yes I know this happened at 5:15pm, I am talking about when it is dark.

  • your mom

    Out of my way I am a motorist. It is not solely up to drivers to be careful. It is a lot harder to stop a several thousand pound vehicle than it is for some uninsured unregistered walker looking at their phone with headphones in to not walk in front of a moving vehicle. But maybe if they were proficient at life skills they would be able to drive or dodge cars.

    • Guest

      [ 3/10 ] Good keyword selection (unregistered, life skills) but poorly focused. Grammar neither tight nor loose enough to troll for earnest debate by fitness buffs or social conservatives. Maybe add a dash of bigotry?

    • Mike M

      On Saturday at Highland Crossing Shopping Center a guy on his phone darted out in front of me while i was turning right. I was looking left for a moment then THERE he was! He never even looked up from his phone. He just waved at me presuming that I was taking all responsibility.

  • your mom

    Asians tend to walk like they drive. In the way

  • Keith

    We arrived on the scene immediately after the incident and my ‘significant other’ (a nurse) attempted to assist the victim. Absolutely no excuse for the driver leaving the scene. Unless intoxicated there is no way the driver did not known (s)he hit someone. That being said, easy to see how the accident occurred. Because of the angle and brightness of the sun we didn’t realize there was a person lying in the street and a couple of other people standing by her until we were partially through the intersection. Only a measure of luck prevented another accident.

    • Why do you bother?

      Thank you for trying to help.

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