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South Lakes HS Student Struck, Killed in Hit and Run

by RestonNow.com December 31, 2018 at 11:25 pm 32 Comments

Fairfax County Police are still looking for the driver who killed a Reston teen who was crossing the street Saturday evening.

The victim was identified by police Sunday as 16-year-old Marvin Daniel Cruz Serrano, who friends are remembering as “kind and selfless.” The South Lakes High School student was struck by a vehicle while returning home from work at Reston’s Cafesano, NBC 4 reported.

“At about 5:40, officers responded to the report of a pedestrian hit-and-run crash on South Lakes Drive and Castle Rock Square in Reston,” police said in a press release. “The teen was attempting to cross South Lakes Drive… when he was hit by a vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“There is a crosswalk at the intersection and detectives are still conducting their investigation to determine if the teen was using the crosswalk,” police added. Police are now seeking information that can lead them to the driver, who fled the scene.

More from FCPD:

Detectives from our Crash Reconstruction Unit are asking anyone with information on the fatal hit-and-run crash over the weekend to come forward. 16-year-old Marvin Daniel Cruz Serrano of Reston was hit while crossing the street Saturday night, and the driver left the scene. The car involved was likely a sedan based on witness accounts, but we don’t know the model or color. The vehicle would have heavy front-end damage but still be drivable.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Crash Reconstruction Unit witness phone line: 703-280-0543. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by visiting http://www. fairfaxcrimesolvers.org, or calling 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). They can also be sent in via text by texting “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES (274637). Text STOP to 274637 to cancel, or HELP to 274637 for help. Message and data rates may apply. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1000 if their information leads to an arrest.

We are able to share Serrano’s identity publicly, despite him being a juvenile crime victim, because his family provided our detectives their written consent.

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  • Arielle in NoVA


    • 30yearsinreston

      :When Hudgins is held accountable, it will be 🙂

  • 30yearsinreston

    How many more are going to be sacrificed to the DRB’s waffling and insistence on the ‘aesthetics’ of street light before something is done

    When is Plum going to get off his backside and demand VDOT fix the traffic on Reston
    We cant get funding for anything besides bike lanes

    • Greg

      It’s not just the DRB…although its insistence on incandescent lighting is absurd.


      • James

        This is one of the things I have to agree with 30years on. Lighting at crosswalks is terrible! Every single crosswalk should be lit by a street lamp. Get off your butts RA, VDOT, and our elected government leaders!

        • Greg

          It’s one more example of how things get and stay FUBAR in Reston. Too many entities involved, and nothing gets done. RA, DRB, RTCA, Fairfax County, WMATA, WMAA, VDOT, private properties, and HOA/POAs.

          And, of course, we end up with a dysfunctional mismatch of outdoor and street lighting….

          Tell us what all of those sodium vapor acorn lamps on the Wiehle bridge do? Other than waste electricity? They certainly do not comply with the county’s dark-sky ordinance.

          Meanwhile there are no street lights on the Reston Parkway bridges.

          • 30yearsinreston

            North Shore Drive is a disaster waiting to happen

          • Why do you bother?

            If we’re playing with acronyms, let’s get accurate. It’s not FU beyond all repair. This is easily fixable.

            It IS, however SNAFU in a big way.

        • 30yearsinreston

          Public Safety is above politics
          If Hudgins can’t get the basics done, what are we paying her for

          • James

            Lake Newport is also terrible. 3 crosswalks that are pitch black.

        • Why do you bother?

          It’s not just crosswalks – I lost count of how many times I drove right past my street at night in the first few weeks after I bought my house because there wasn’t a street light.

    • tired

      30yearswhateveryourstupidscreennameis could you stop whining for just one day, long enough to recognize that someone was killed? Someone who’s family won’t ever get to see them again and you just babble on complaining and whining about bike lanes or whatever nonsense you want to spout. I hope you are proud of yourself

      • 30yearsinreston

        so what do you suggest ?
        Candlelight vigils and soft toys wont fix the problem
        Silence is not respect

  • Skipperdog

    The enemy as I see it is the whoever was driving the vehicle. Seems, for whatever reason, lacked the humanity to stop/stay at the scene. This person, when identified, needs to be held full accountable for actions and inactions. Condolences to the child’s family.

    • Mike M

      Agreed. Sickening. Fleeing the scene doesn’t speak well for the driver. If they stuck around they may have saved this kid’s life. I don’t know exactly what happened here, but if he wasn’t in the crosswalk there likely would have been no charges. Maybe the driver was drunk. They will pay now. Only losses in this horrible mess. The kid worked at 16 in Reston! Impressive and rare. Very, very sad. This area is super dark and I have seen many pedestrians skulk across right there in the dark with their head down assuming they can be seen and it’s not always the case until the last minute. The crosswalks are not visible from afar. Reston is not as pedestrian friendly nor as bike friendly as advertised, Cathy Hudgins! This is not the last fatal strike. More cars, same conditions. There will be another very soon! At the same time, just last night I was driving through this same area on South Lakes at just above the speed limit at the speed of the vehicle to my front and someone was tailgating the devil out of me! The guys was a few feet from my tail lights. It’s the bike lane frustration I am sure, but it was mindless tailgating which has become common. How fast do you really need to go?

      • 30yearsinreston

        Pedestrian deaths in Reston are increasing dramatically

        Plum wont get oiff his butt and get funding for lighting the streets

      • Greg

        Speed limit on South Lakes Drive should be 25 just like it is on Soapstone. Especially now that it’s a one-lane road.

        • Brian

          95% of soapstone is 35 which is what the speed limit is for that area of South Lakes.

          • Greg

            Then they both should be 25.

      • Why do you bother?

        This happens to me frequently. I like to slow waaaaaaaaay down just to piss them off, but I’m a jerk like that.

  • Greg
    • 30yearsinreston

      Residents bestng killed an maimed due to Hudgins ineptitude

      The sooner she is gone, the better

      • Greg

        I’ve discovered that Fairfax County approved street lights at the intersection of South Lakes and Soapstone. In 2004. Hudgins has been denying installation ever since. For shame.

        • 30yearsinreston

          She can’t even get public safety right!
          She is a total disgrace

      • Greg


        Attached is the county’s approved lighting layout for the section of Soapstone Drive and South Lakes Drive fronting the Shadowed Condominiums.


        Felix Bermejo

        • TRS

          I hope the mother uses this to sue the county for negligence.

      • Greg
  • TRS

    I took the following video tonight by following his path from the bus stop near Cafesano to the bus stop across the street from him home. Total darkness. It is not normal that we don’t have street lights to protect and guide our children and ourselves. We must demand street lights. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_74uuvoGBY

    • Greg

      Hudgins owns all of it. At her previous street lighting task force meetings she allowed activists and fanatics from the dark sky association to monopolize and take over the meeting. She allowed one speaker from that organization (who didn’t live in Reston, Fairfax County or even Virginia) to pontificate for over an hour condemning any form of street lighting. At the end of his time, she dismissed everyone else and the task force hasn’t met since. And we remain in the dark.

      Please send this video to her:
      [email protected]

      As your video demonstrates, Reston’s few street lights are ineffective and do little more than cast shadows and create very dangerous light -> dark zones in which no one, especially pedestrians walking on the mud trails, can see.

      There’s documented interest in more Reston street lighting since the 80s, but very little progress since 2000.


      “There appears to be strong public support for lighting. Cathy Hudgins is the Fairfax County Supervisor responsible for Reston and may take action if enough citizens make their wishes known. Her office telephone is 703-478-0283.”

      Also, although the source is not clear, it appears that the Reston Association recently contracted for yet another study — this one on light “pollution” — biased, highly unbalanced, and clearly advocating for LESS, not more, street lighting:

      “RA Should:

      Work with Fairfax Board of Supervisors, VDOT, and Virginia’s elected officials to eliminate unnecessary roadway lighting…and to modify
      existing requirements where necessary to limit illumination


      • TRS

        Most helpful, Greg. I wrote to Hudgins and the RA Board and CEO requesting a meeting.

  • TRS

    Does anyone know if a GoFundMe has been established? It is my understanding the boy was working to provide for his family. If no GoFundMe has been established, I would be grateful to be put in touch with someone who can reach to the mother so that she is established as the financial beneficiary on the GoFundMe account — i.e., I would help establish the account and promote it but I would have no connection to the financial account.


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