An investigation is currently underway to determine just what happened on Wednesday, May 31st, to result in a pedestrian within the city of Burke, in Fairfax County, to suffer from injuries serious enough to threaten his life. Preliminary reports from the Fairfax County Police Department say that the incident involved a single car and the already mentioned pedestrian and that the entire ordeal happened during the evening, just after 9:30.
The reports state that the pedestrian, who was not named or described, was walking close to the intersection of Burke Road and Burke Lake Road when they made the decision to try and cross the street. The Fairfax County Police Department’s report indicated that the area where the pedestrian was attempting to cross was within the intersection, but we do not know if this intersection features a crosswalk or other safety features to ensure that motorists know to give pedestrians the right of way.
The car involved in the crash had approached the intersection and then stopped at a red light. The driver of the car then began making a right turn, while their light was still red, and this is when their path intersected that of the pedestrian.
Whether or not the driver of the car saw the pedestrian before the incident is unclear, and it is possible that, given the time of day, it was dark enough in the area for the driver to not see the person on foot. It is also possible that the driver of the car simply did not examine the area carefully before beginning to make the turn.
The car struck the pedestrian before the pedestrian could escape from the vehicle’s trajectory. The force of the collision was enough to inflict severe injuries on the pedestrian, and at the time of this writing it is not clear if the pedestrian remains in critical condition or if medical staff at the hospital where they were transported have been able to attend to their injuries enough to remove them from the sphere of immediate danger.
Members of the Fairfax County Police Department have yet to state whether or not any charges will be filed against the driver of the car. We do know that they have ruled out both alcohol and excessive speed as reasons behind the collision.