Fundraising Starts for Family of Killed South Lakes HS Teen

GoFundMe page is raising funds for the family of the South Lakes High School student Marvin Daniel Cruz Serrano, who was struck and killed by a car nearly two weeks ago.

The campaign, which was created on Jan. 5 and activated today (Jan. 10), aims to help Serrano’s family and friends cover funeral costs and any other expenses.

People can also send donations to the Biblica Bautista Emanuel Church at 21770 Beaumeade Circle in Ashburn, Va., which will also disperse all of the funds raised to Serrano’s family.

The GoFundMe page says the following:

Friends and family of Daniel Serrano suffered a heart breaking loss on December 29 when Daniel was killed by a hit and run driver as he was attempting to cross South Lakes Drive in Reston, Virginia. Daniel had just exited the bus he was taking to return home after his work shift at a restaurant. Daniel was 16 years-old and attended South Lakes High School. He is remembered as a kind, generous and loving young man who will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Many have asked where to donate to help with funeral and other expenses. Donations can be made here or to Biblica Bautista Emanuel Church, 21770 Beaumeade Circle, Ashburn, VA 20147. The church will disperse all funds raised.

Reston Now previously reported that Principal Kim Retzer said funeral arrangements are still being planned.

The day after Serrano was killed by a driver while crossing South Lakes Drive, family and friends gathered at the spot for a vigil.

Fairfax County Police are still looking for the driver, who fled the scene, and are asking anyone with information to contact the Crash Reconstruction Unit witness phone line at 703-280-0543 or to submit a tip anonymously through Crime Solvers.

Detectives believe the sedan involved “may possibly be gray or silver, and it likely has significant front end damage.”

Photo via GoFundMe

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Vigil Sunday Night Honors South Lakes HS Teen Killed in Hit-and-Run

Family and friends gathered on Sunday evening at the spot where 16-year-old Marvin Daniel Cruz Serrano was killed Saturday.

They placed a white wooden cross with “Daniel” near the intersection where the South Lakes High School sophomore was struck by a vehicle while returning home from work at Reston’s Cafesano, WJLA reported.

The memorial continues to grow with several bouquets of flowers and a stuffed animal for the teen who friends called “kind and selfless.” Serrano leaves behind his mother and a 2-year-old brother.

In a message sent to the school community Monday evening, Principal Kim Retzer said funeral arrangements are still being planned.

Fairfax County Police are still looking for the driver, who fled the scene. Detectives believe the sedan involved “may possibly be gray or silver, and it likely has significant front end damage.”

“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.”

The fatal hit-and-run was the 44th road death in Fairfax County in 2018 — the most for any county in Virginia last year, according to DCist.

Police are asking anyone with information about the fatal hit-and-run to contact the Crash Reconstruction Unit witness phone line at 703-280-0543 or to submit a tip anonymously through Crime Solvers.

Photo via Madison Grace Shannon/Facebook

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Wednesday Morning Notes

(Updated at 11:43 a.m.) Reston teen killed in a pedestrian hit-and-run crash — Marvin Daniel Cruz Serrano, a 16-year-old South Lakes High School student, was hit by a car while crossing South Lakes Drive Saturday evening. Fairfax County Police are still looking for the driver who killed the Reston teen. [Reston Now]

Metro’s “Rush Hour Promise” starts today — Starting today, Metrorail or Metrobus customers using a registered SmarTrip card who experience a rush-hour delay of 10 minutes or more will receive a Metro credit for future travel. [WMATA]

A look inside the upcoming Bombay Velvet — More details emerge about the Indian restaurant set to open in early 2019 at 12100 Sunset Hills Road. [Washington Business Journal]

Tons of toys — People donated more than three tractor-trailer loads worth of toys to Fairfax County’s fire and rescue stations for this year’s Toys for Tots campaign. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department]

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One Year After North Shore Drive Hit-and-Run Death, No Arrest Has Been Made

On Aug. 28, 2016, 76-year-old Hung Soon Seo was struck and killed while crossing North Shore Drive near Lake Anne Plaza.

One year later, police say they still are looking for information to help them find the person responsible.

“Currently, there are no new discoveries in this case,” said Pfc. Michael Crutchman, of the Fairfax County Police Department’s Media Relations Bureau, in response to a request from Reston Now. “If anyone does have any other information, we are always willing to listen.”

The incident took place at the intersection of North Shore Drive and Village Road at about 5:19 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon. According to FCPD at the time, Seo was not in a crosswalk when she was struck by a driver who fled the scene. She was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where she died later that evening.

A few days later, police said they believe it was someone in a yellow Ford Escape who struck Seo. They said they believe the vehicle may have had front-end damage on its driver’s side.

Anyone with information about the crime should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637). Information can also be provided online through Crime Solvers.

In an October article about pedestrian deaths in the DC Metro area, the Washington Post provided a profile of Seo. According to their report, she lived at Lake Anne Fellowship House and was a member of St. Paul Chung Catholic Church in Fairfax.

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Fairfax County Police Still Looking For Suspect in Reston Hit-and-Run

Suspected SUV used in fatal hit-and-run in Reston/FCPD Fairfax County Police are still looking for a suspect in the fatal hit-and-run on North Shore Drive on Aug. 28.

Police previously released a picture of what is believed to be a yellow Ford Escape with possible front end damage on the driver’s side that is believed to be the car that hit Hung Soon Seo, 76.

Seo was crossing North Shore Drive at North Village Road about 5 p.m. on Aug. 28 when she was hit by a vehicle that did not stop, according to authorities.

Said one commenter, who said he witnessed the crash, on a previous Reston Now post about this incident:

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.

Police released the following flyer about the upcoming search (below). Contact them and the information provided if you have any information about the incident.

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Police Release Photo of Car Wanted in Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash on North Shore Drive

090216restonfatalposssuspvehicleThe Fairfax County Police Department today released a photo of a car they believe is connected to the fatal hit-and-run crash that happened on North Shore Drive Sunday.

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. Sunday afternoon, 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.

Fairfax police plan to canvass the area near North Shore Drive and Village Road this Sunday 5 p.m. in search of more information about the car, now believed to be a yellow Ford Escape with possible front end damage on the driver’s side.

Though the car was previously thought to be 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 earlier this week.

Police released the following flyer about the upcoming search:

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Photo via Fairfax County Police Department

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

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.

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Recent SLHS Grad Killed in Pedestrian Crash in Pennsylvania

Michelle Buck/Courtesy SLHS yearbookSouth Lakes High School Class of 2014 graduate Michelle Buck was struck and killed by a driver Thursday in Collegeville, Pa., police there said.

Buck was a sophomore Dean’s List student at Ursinus College in Collegeville.

According to news reports, Buck was struck and killed at around 6:30 p.m. Police said Buck was walking east on the Main Street sidewalk and had stepped into a crosswalk when she was hit by a Nissan Rogue SUV. The Nissan was also traveling east. The driver did stop.

Police told local TV stations the driver is a local resident who is cooperating with the investigation.

“It is tragic when we lose a member of the Ursinus family,” said Ursinus President Brock Blomberg, in a message to campus following the accident. “Please join me in keeping her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. I encourage all of us to find comfort and support in one another during this trying time.”

Buck, from the Fox Mill area of Herndon, had recently declared her intention to double major in philosophy and neuroscience, the school said.

Joel Bish, associate professor of psychology, said in a statement that Buck was a “delightful student” who was “quiet and unassuming, diligent and respectful.”

At South Lakes, Buck was active in the strings program, and continued playing in a violin ensemble in college.

Service information is pending.

Read more on Ursinus College’s website.

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