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Police: Speed, Alcohol Not Factors in Vehicle Fatally Striking Pedestrian

by Dave Emke — February 24, 2017 at 8:20 am 4 Comments

Photo courtesy Fairfax County Police DepartmentFairfax County Police have identified the victim in a fatal pedestrian incident Thursday evening in Reston.

Police say 57-year-old Asress Gobena Lakew, of Reston, was attempting to cross Reston Parkway near South Lakes Drive at about 6:20 p.m. when she was struck by a southbound 2016 Jeep Wrangler. Lakew was not within a crosswalk when the collision took place, police say.

The 30-year-old driver of the Jeep remained on scene and she was treated by medics. Police say the Crash Reconstruction Unit responded to investigate, and they determined neither speed nor alcohol appear to have been contributing factors to the crash.

Anyone who witnessed this crash is asked to call the CRU witness line at 703-280-0543 or contact Crime Solvers. Tips can also be made by texting “TIP187” plus a message to CRIMES(274637), or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477) or 703-691-2131.

Photo courtesy Fairfax County Police Department

  • Greg

    Lack of street lighting surely was a contributing factor.

    • 30yearsinreston

      Another one for the DRB

  • Mike M

    Pedestrian strikes are a big part of the new Reston.

  • Crash Analysis

    Speed and alcohol are ruled out but cell phone use is not. One in four accidents are caused by cell/smart phone use.

    How would we know? As the police using stingray tevhnology to determine whether a phone session was implicated in a crash?

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