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Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Pedestrian in Burke, VA

A hit-and-run accident in Burke, Virginia (VA), left a pedestrian dead on the night of May 12, 2016. The deadly crash occurred on Shiplett Boulevard near the intersection with Capella Avenue after the deceased victim lost his balance and stumbled into the roadway. Witnesses told police that one driver managed to avoid hitting the man before the next oncoming vehicle struck and killed him. 



It is not clear why the pedestrian could not remain on the curb or why the at-fault driver could not stop or swerve in time to prevent the fatal collision. Law enforcement officers have asked anyone who has information about the identity of the driver who fled the scene to call (703) 691-2131 or (866) 411-TIPS/8477. The best description of the car involved portrays it as a dark-colored, possibly black, Toyota or Honda sedan.

Tracking down the hit-and-run driver who caused this Burke, VA, crash is essential because that person should be held accountable for taking another person's life. Leaving the scene of an accident is a criminal offense in Virginia even if the person who drives off was not initially to blame. In addition, refusing to stay to speak with emergency responders and possibly render first aid to an injured or dying victim is an abdication of moral responsibility.

The hit-and-run driver also left the family of the deceased pedestrian on their own to deal with the unfair and unexpected financial difficulties that arise in the wake of a loved one's death. Finding the driver would allow the grieving family members to file wrongful death insurance claims to receive compensation and damages for funeral costs, loss of monetary support and loss of companionship.


Randall E. Appleton
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