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Police Searching for Driver in Fatal Pedestrian Accident

Jonathan Hernandez7 months ago

Police are currently looking for the driver of the vehicle that killed a pedestrian in Burke.

Details about the Fatal Pedestrian Accident

WUSA9 News is reporting that the Fairfax County police are currently looking for the driver of a vehicle that they say left the scene of an accident in which a pedestrian was killed in Burke on Thursday evening.

According to police, a male pedestrian was near the area of the intersection of Capella Avenue and Shiplett Boulevard when he was hit by a vehicle. An investigation into the accident indicates that the man was sitting on the curb when he stood up and stumbled for unknown reasons.

Police further indicated that one vehicle was able to avoid hitting the man, but another vehicle hit the man, stopped for a moment, and then took off. The man was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The victim has been identified as 33-year-old Matthew Calendine.

Police have described the vehicle as a dark-colored sedan, possible a Toyota or a Honda.

Important Information about Pedestrian Accidents

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of people involved in pedestrian accidents every year in the United States:

  • In 2013, there were a total of 4,735 pedestrians who were killed in motor vehicle accidents.
  • An additional total of about 150,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency rooms for non-fatal injuries sustained in traffic accidents in 2013.
  • Pedestrians are about 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a traffic accident that occupants of motor vehicles. 

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