On Monday, May 21st, a collision between a car and a pedestrian in the city of Reston resulted in the death of a 71-year-old woman. While we reported on the initial crash in this blog, an official update makes the story worth revisiting. The events are already public knowledge related to the incident itself, but are worth summarizing as follows:
It was just before noon on a Monday that the 71-year-old Reston resident was walking near the intersection of Reston Parkway and Bluemont Way. The Fairfax Police Department's official report stated that the crash, which happened near to the town center of Reston, resulted when the elderly pedestrian left the sidewalk and began to cross the street. While the early discussion on the case failed to indicate whether or not the pedestrian was inside of a crosswalk when the crash took place, the new information delivered by law enforcement officials earlier on Wednesday indicates that regardless of the location of the crash the driver of the car was behaving in such a way that they are shouldering the blame for the collision.
An investigation into the crash by the Fairfax County Police Department found that the driver of the vehicle that struck and killed the pedestrian was traveling at a rate of 60 miles per hour when he struck them. Because the zone where the collision took place is clearly marked with 40 mile per hour signs, the excessive speed of the motorist puts them in a defensive position. Regardless of where the pedestrian was at the time of the crash, the fact that the driver was traveling at 20 miles per hour over the posted limit makes their case somewhat trickier to defend.
As of the time of this writing, the only charges that the 67-year-old driver faces are for traveling 20 miles per hour over the speed limit. It is not clear if these charges will be expanded to include manslaughter or if the court does not possess enough grounds to broaden the scope of the trial.
Additional updates to this story will appear on this blog as they become available to the public.