A collision in a Fairfax, Virginia (VA), crosswalk on April 9 2015, left a jogger injured and the at-fault driver nowhere to be found. The hit-and-run pedestrian crash occurred at the intersection of Ox Road and Zion Drive. Police confirmed that the woman who needed hospital treatment had right of way to cross the street. Law enforcement officials continue searching for the driver who caused the wreck and are asking any witnesses to contact Crime Solvers at (866) 411-TIPS/8477 or county police at (703) 691-2131.
The victim is expected to recover, but the incident highlights two dangers. The first, which my Virginia personal injury law firm colleagues and I see evidence of too often, is that drivers pay too little attention to crosswalks. State law requires anyone behind the wheel of a car or truck to yield to pedestrians who have green lights in their direction and who are crossing at corners. Obeying those traffic regulations is essential to protecting people on foot.
Second, while turning right at a red light is legal at all Virginia intersections unless a prominent sign indicates otherwise, no such procedure is risk-free. Drivers must come to a complete stop at every red light, check for oncoming traffic, look for people or vehicles in the lane ahead and, again, wait for pedestrians, bike riders and wheelchair users. Impatience, distraction and errors in judging speed and distance leave hundreds needlessly hurt or dead each year.
We wish the injured jogger a quick and full return to health. We also hope the hit-and-run driver can be identified, apprehended and held accountable.