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Police: Pedestrian Injured in Richmond Highway Accident

A 67-year-old woman is listed in critical but stable condition following the accident.

Fairfax County Police say a woman is in critical condition after she was hit Wednesday morning on Richmond Highway. 

Police reported to the scene of the crash at 9:48 a.m. Thursday. According to Fairfax County Police Public Information Officer PFC Eduardo J. Azcarate, a 67-year-old woman was crossing Richmond Highway at Frye Road against the walk signal when she was struck by a 1998 Chevy Astrovan. The woman suffered life threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital and is listed in critical but stable condition.

Richmond Highway was closed for two hours while the incident was being investigated by the crash reconstruction detective, Azcarate said.

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Wildermann January 24, 2013 at 03:23 PM
The statutes governing pedestrians crossing roads in VA are at this link. http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+46.2-924 At first glance it sounds as though a pedestrian has the right of way over vehicular traffic regardless of where they are on a road, however, subsequent paragraphs specify the circumstances for where and when it is legal to cross a road. Too bad that unfortunate outcomes such as this case will persist. Temporary police campaigns issuing warnings and citations in this area for jaywalking has proven not to curb violations leading to injury and death. Maybe an acknowledgement that Richmond Highway is the equivalent of a major commuter traffic artery and less of a community main street would be a step that results in pedestrian barriers (fencing, concrete walls, etc) along problematic stretches of the highway with the only options for crossing being at light controlled intersections with marked crossings or pedestrian over and under passes. There are no statues or legislation that can compel people to use common sense when it comes to personal safety to get from one side of a road to the other side. The only other option as I see it is to have a long term rookie police training program that uses pedestrian or bicycle police patrol to enforce existing statutes rather than temporary campaigns.
T Ailshire January 24, 2013 at 05:51 PM
It never ceases to amaze me how many people cross in the middle of a block, BETWEEN crossing lights, on some stretches. I'm always disappointed when I see parents with young children doing so, as that in my book is teaching the child unsafe practices, and is thus neglect. I realize there are vast stretches of US1 where crossing lights are not available, but at that particular intersection people often cross on the bus-stop side instead of at the crossing light. One would think they would consider their personal safety of higher value than they do.
Nancy Boothe Beavers January 24, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Yes and last night someone crossed the road like this and was dressed in all black thankfully my husband was very alert.
Nancy Boothe Beavers January 24, 2013 at 06:12 PM
But what bugs me the most is these people crossing the road pushing a stroller with the child in it. I was always told to carry the child.
Nancy Boothe Beavers January 24, 2013 at 06:13 PM
You are so right.,

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