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Woman Injured, Dog Killed by Truck Near W-L High School

by ARLnow.com — April 11, 2011 at 12:57 pm 4,206 226 Comments

Update at 9:15 p.m. on 4/27/11 — The victim has succumbed to her injuries.

Update at 2:15 p.m. on 4/12/11 – The driver has been charged with reckless driving.

A young woman who was walking her dog was struck by a pickup truck this morning on the Quincy Street bridge over I-66, near Washington-Lee High School.

The accident happened in the northbound lanes around 7:30 a.m. The dog — a golden retriever — was killed and the woman — who was in her 20s — was taken to the hospital with critical injuries, according to Arlington Police spokeswoman Det. Crystal Nosal.

“The driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene of the accident and cooperated with police,” police said in a statement this afternoon. Nosal said the driver of the truck was reported to be 19 18 years old. Police are still investigating the accident and it’s not clear whether charges will be filed against him.

A witness who drove past the scene after the accident said the driver of the truck looked “solemn” and said the dog was covered by a white sheet.

  • YoBimbo

    My partner drove by there and said the driver was distraught – sobbing with his head in his hands. Very sad all around.

  • SoCo Resident

    “on the Quincy Street bridge” Was this on the sidewalk or in the street “on the Quincy Street bridge” ??? Why do ARLNOW’s stories so often miss key facts leaving the reader bewildered?

    • CW

      Yeah, I hate to say it, but these sorts of stories often trade off having sufficient facts in a try to be the first to press. With easy post editing and updating, I guess the old days of journalism and fact-checking are gone.

      Anyhow, I was curious too. The sidewalks are very high there. It would take some doing to get up onto the sidewalk. Although the 4-way intersection at the north end of the bridge is somewhat of a blind intersection if someone ran or rolled through a stop sign. I’m always very careful when running in that area.

    • Rick

      You have two options –
      1) wait for him to develop the story, he was nice enough to post what he knew
      2) stop reading

      either works

      • FrenchyB

        +1

      • CW

        Well, seeing as to how the cops gave an official statement through their spokesperson and plenty of witness accounts have already shown up on this board, I’d say the story has more than developed. It’s just a matter of getting the facts and writing them out. Journalism, they used to call it.

        • V Dizzle

          When did blogs become journalism? No offense meant to ARLnow. Just never held a blog to the standards of print journalism.

          • CW

            Ask the editors of the once-untouchable major newspapers that are now going broke and laying off en masse. Like it or not, it’s a news source, that makes it journalism in my book.

            The Huffington Post sold for what, $300 million? Regardless of what you want to call them, and for better or for worse, people read “blogs”, and thus they have credibility in the eyes of the public.

          • http://www.arlnow.com ARLnow.com

            You mean the print journalists who probably will write up a two paragraph ‘news brief’ from the police press release? Who won’t even bother going to the scene to get photos. Yes, such high standards for their journalism.

          • JamesE

            Next time could we get an entire 3D rendering of the crime scene like in CSI?

          • CW

            Right. That’s why you are operating a business that is located in what is called a “market niche”. That’s why there are more hamburger restaurants than just McDonalds. That’s why tool companies make carpentry hammers AND sledgehammers – because they fill different needs. I’m not comparing you to print journalism, because you serve a different purpose.

            The reason why I (and others) wanted more details was because the location of the accident says a lot about who was at fault and what led to the situation.

            We are all very thankful for the excellent work that you do and I apologize for belaboring the point.

          • mehoo

            While others may want more details, nobody else but you have insisted that the story was inadequate without that particular detail, CW.

            Let’s look at the reports in other news outlets, including print newspapers tomorrow, and see if they include this detail.

          • CW

            I’m not sure what “particular detail” you keep referring to. All I did was agree with SoCo resident that the story needed more detail (I also confused the bridge with the Stafford bridge, for the record). I stated that the sidewalks were high and that it would take some doing to drive up onto one. I didn’t ask for a “particular detail”, just some description setting the scene so one could visualize what happened. That’s all.

            Anyhow, that has all been taken care of now. Much appreciated as always.

        • CW

          (I think I should add that I really, really respect and appreciate the work that is done going into this site, and that it’s actually out of that respect that I’d rather see a story witheld for a bit than see something that goes to press lacking important details.)

          • V Dizzle

            I’m with you. Hope the person hit is alright.

        • mehoo

          I doubt anyone else looked at this story and thought that information was important, CW.

          • Ginger

            As a runner in the area, I, like CW, have an interest in the details of the story (whether the victim was on the sidewalk, in the crosswalk, etc)

            However, I don’t blame ARLnow writers that this information wasn’t part of the story. Often, with accidents, it’s difficult to tell what happened without reliable witnesses. Furthermore, the victim has passed away and cannot offer her version of the events. Police also may be picky about what information is given out to reporters, especially if there’s a criminal investigation going on.

            I like to keep on top of pedestran injuries and deaths as I am out almost everyday on the sidewalks and crosswalks in the Ballston/Courthouse area. Thanks to ARLnow for this and other similar stories.

      • V Dizzle

        +3/4 (+1/4 reserved since details are important)

    • CrystalMikey

      Some of you readers kill me…this is a BLOG. Cut the site some slack and take it for what it is.

      • brian

        at least there are pictures..now whether or not they were stolen i can’t vouch for that

  • Sarah

    I walked by this morning on my walk to work. It was very near the crosswalk area. People often do not stop for people in the crosswalks and I have a feeling this may have been what happened. Closer into Ballston, near the libraries and such, and especially the crosswalk at by the Gold’s Gym, it is nearly impossible to cross in the crosswalks because people will not stop for you. Or if they do, I have observed other cars speeding around them and then nearly hitting the pedestrians in the crosswalks.

    • Westover

      Cross at the light, it will save your life, crosswalk or not.

      • Sarah

        I always do, but what are they there for and why have state laws that require people to stop if they are not enforced? Drivers in NOVA need to slow down and realize it’s not going to kill them (but may kill someone else) if they arrive at their destination a few minutes later. Everyone here is in such a rush and acts so entitled.

        • Clarendude

          In Maine, about 8 years ago, a state representative tried to repeal the law that requires cars to yield to pedestrians. It was for the very reason that it created a false sense of security and too many cars violated the law.

          http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/829688/posts

          The bill was called

          “An Act to Protect Motor Vehicles From Dangerous Pedestrians”

          No kidding.

          • MC 703

            From the article I was able to conclude that only stupid litigious liberals cross streets in ME. And crosswalks are only for use by lazy socialists.

          • mehoo

            Well, yeah, because only liberals walk. Hard-workin’ Merkins drive big cars everywhere.

          • enough already

            Yeesh – back to the lede – a woman is critically injured, a golden retriever is dead and a driver is distraught, whether it’s his fault or not, he is responsible – can you take your predictable carping to the articles about signs on streets and cupcakes for once?

        • Westover

          The law is that a vehicle has to stop for someone in the crosswalk, not at the crosswalk. There is some responsibility on the side of the pedestrians to not stop out into the crosswalk when the driver is to close to safely stop.

      • charlie

        a pedestrian SHOULD NOT HAVE TO WALK 1/2 mile out of their way to cross at the light.

        • Matt

          Entitlement much?

          • charlie

            no, but this is a a major exit from the bike trail, across the most important high school, and a high volume car and pedestrian area.
            a pedestrian should be able to cross at this point in the MARKED (barely) crosswalk.

          • Screech

            No its the freekin drivers who thing they are entitled to every inch of asphault. Even those clearly marked for pedestrians.

          • Ted

            Entitlement? Matt the a-hat, i think you are entitled just because you are on a computer. Pedestrians ALWAYS have the right of way. By the pictures, she was not near the crosswalk, or possibly attempting to cross the street. That bridge is so wide, the kid must’ve been texting or something in order to swerve and hit someone.

      • Sue

        First off…no sh*t..BUT the a**hole drivers don’t even stop for you when you clearly have the ‘walk sign’ and are in the proper zone for crossing.

        Clarendon is a nightmare too. I was tapped once by a car crossing by Harry’s tap room. Then–by Walgreens I was crossing and a car behind the truck that was waiting for me (since I had the walk sign//right of way) tried to swerve around the guy not knowing I was in the crosswalk with my toddler and infant in a stroller..he slammed on the brakes and missed killing my 4 month old.

    • CW

      Please, please, please: if you value your life, DO NOT try to cross in front of Gold’s. I did for too long and I am lucky to be alive. It is just not worth it.

      • Jason S.

        The Gold’s in Ballston shouldn’t even have that crosswalk, there are two nearby intersections with lights, which are where I cross unless I am absolutely sure nobody is coming.

    • General Zod

      I live at the corner of N Pollard & Wilson & they had a portable camera monitoring type device taping the crosswalk about a month ago. Obviously with the gym there it’s a very pedestrian heavy area & crossing Wilson there is like taking your life into your hands. Is this a precursor to a crosswalk with a stoplight like the one further down Wilson by Ballston mall? How do we find these things out? Arlnow….?

  • Ken

    I saw this scene as well. I felt bad for the kid, he looked as though he was in shock. His car was about half way over the bridge (over Rt. 66) going northbound on Quincy. His car had damage to the front right and was pointing at a slight angle toward the sidewalk as if he possibly pulled to the left to avoid hitting them and then back to the right in order to avoid going into oncoming traffic or over the median. The Dog was about 15-20 yards behind the vehicle on the road close to the sidewalk.

  • Todd

    I drove by this scene this morning and it appeared the accident occurred in the street. The above post is accurate stating that the sidewalk it about 18 inches tall at that point so likely occurred in the street. Based on where the dog’s remains lay (covered by the sheet) and the direction of travel, the accident happened on the southern most part of bridge and the driver then (heading north) appeared to swerve left, go up on the median before coming to a stop in the middle of the north bound lane, still on the bridge (the police had already marked the path of the truck with spray paint).

    • CW

      Thanks for the facts. Now the story actually makes sense.

      • mehoo

        Yeah, a dog and lady getting hit by a car on a bridge made absolutely no sense before. :rolleyes:

        • CW

          Umm, we tend to agree on a lot of things around here, but apparently not this one. Yes, it DOES make a big difference what exactly happened. There is a big difference between a driver hitting a pedestrian and dog which are located on a sidewalk that is approximately 12-18″ off of the road surface and a car striking something that is in the middle of the road. If the accident happened on the bridge, in the road, as opposed to on the sidewalk or at the 4-way stop, there is a big difference with respect to the factors which resulted in the accident.

          • mehoo

            A big difference isn’t necessarily an important difference, with respect to the size or timeliness of the story.

          • CW

            Umm, details relating to potential fault isn’t an important topic when telling the story of a traffic collision? Tell my insurance company that.

          • mehoo

            This is not an insurance report, it’s a blog.

          • NoCo Resident

            And you’re tryin to assign fault from a blog posting? What actions are you planning to take in your life where the details you crave would actually make a difference to you? Or are you just being curious…?

          • CW

            The latter.

            I’d postulate that most people read the news out of curiosity, not because it will all impact some facet of their lives directly.

    • bb

      So it looks like the accident happened on the bridge, not in the crosswalk south of the bridge?

  • G::TheNativeArlingtonian

    Wow… that is a heck of a way to start off a week… people, just slow down, you’ll get where you are going. (that is a generalization since its still not clear how this happened.)

  • BAL

    As a dog owner who walks their dog in Arlington every night, this is my greatest fear.

    • Sue

      As a mom with young children…I sympathize. This is also my biggest fear.

  • John

    I posted the tip to ARLnow at approximately 12:30 after I couldn’t find a news account of the incident anywhere on the traditional “news” sites (i.e., Sun Gazette and Wash Post). I give ARLnow credit for picking up the tip from its website, running down the story and getting it posted in thirty minutes. The fact that it didn’t say where on the bridge the accident happended is a fairly minor omission. I was most concerned about finding out what was under the sheet. No offense to the dog, but I was concerned that it might have been a kid.

    • gerard

      I did sent the ARLNOW a note on this around 8.30 AM this morning.

    • G

      Yeah, I have to say, I would classify ARLnow as something more than a blog. It’s more like Huffington Post at a local level.

      • G

        Except without the extreme liberal bias of course.

        • Josh S

          Well, certainly not in the readership. Or at least those who post in the comments sections.
          As far as the reporting / blogging – it seems as neutral as it could be. Which I applaud.

          For those who think this blog is not reporting – um, yes it is. And reporters have always had different standards of truthiness. As near as I can tell, the organization itself gets to decide what standard to hold itself to. ARLNow may feel that posting quickly is the best way to go, even if that means all the relevant details aren’t included. Later on, as readership rises and people complain about incomplete stories, maybe a decision will be made to change. Maybe not. But just because it’s called a blog, doesn’t mean it’s not reporting.

        • SouthArlJD

          “Extreme liberal bias”? HuffPo? You must be unaware that Arianna Huffington is a total sellout who has not only brought very right wing Republican commentators on board HuffPo, but sold out to AOL, taking the money and screwing over all the bloggers who were working for free on the site.

    • Todd

      I had the same concern and was glad to see that there was a short write up. I’m sad to hear that a dog was killed but relieved that it was not a child since the close proximity to the school and time of day it occurred. I hope the woman makes a full recovery.

      • Barbara

        Agree with this. I was grateful to get a quick writeup with initial facts while the writer completed his reporting. It was alarming to see a white sheet covering a small something in the middle of the road and I emailed Arlington Now as well. The editor was also kind enough to email me back. This is why I appreciate this site!

  • GoVegArlington

    Drivers in Arlington are just plain ignorant about yielding to peds. I, too, walk my dog every morning and night and it’s *surprising* when a driver actually stops to let me walk, while I’m waiting at the crosswalk. I also keep my dog’s leash very short while crossing streets, because I worry drivers will see me, but not my dog – most drivers only give me a few precious inches to get by before they continue speeding along. I agree with what others have said – it shouldn’t be this way if everyone just followed the rules, but it is much safer to cross at a light.

  • Betty

    Wait til we find out the kid was texting.

    • Tamar

      This is a horrible accident and has certainly struck fear in my heart as well as sympathy for the young woman who was struck. But I also know the driver who is a good kid and a good driver. I too hope he wasn’t engaged in texting or other distracting behaviors when the accident happened. As with all tragedies, we can use this one to educate ourselves and our children and hope that the young woman recovers. But to speculate as to what happened without actual facts is a waste of time.

  • SG

    I almost die every day crossing at Walter Reed and South Pollard. NO ONE stops for you at that crosswalk as they come blasting up the hill at 40 mph in a 30mph zone. I’ve actually had people flip me off and yell at me for being in the crosswalk (with my dog too)!

  • charlie

    This is a horrible stretch of road that Arlington road planners have abused for years.
    the changes to drop-off for kids and buses at W-L have made it even worse.
    we can put fancy lanes on Clarendon and Wilson but once you cross over I-66 into non-urban village territory, the roads are a mess.
    this is a horrible tragedy that was bound to happen. there is too much going on and the roads are very very poorly marked. the hash marks on the crosswalk are almost gone.
    the lanes are too wide.
    i’m so sorry this happened, but not surprised one bit.

    • JamesE

      Everything on those roads is clearly marked in the provided photos, especially the victim location no where near the crosswalk. I fail to see how that bridge is poorly planned.

      • ClizzleDizzle

        Yeah, it looks like she was either walking on the narrow shoulder, or jay walking. I see that all the time on Kirkwood. I drive 30 there (the speed limit), but most people are speeding and the road is pretty dangerous. It’s mind boggling that joggers there choose to run on the shoulder instead of the sidewalk RIGHT NEXT TO IT.

        • lindsey

          Kirkwood has a bike lane, where cyclists and runners should be able to occupy space without fear of being run down by some overanxious drivers. Regardless, in a pedestrian-heavy area like Arlington, people should not be driving like maniacs. Nothing is so important where you risk a life. Nearly every comment you’ve posted is some speculation on what might have happened, and extremely insulting and insensitive to the victim and her loved ones. “He had a right to hit her with impunity.” What would motivate you to say something so heartless and obnoxious?

          • mehoo

            I thought the “impunity” comment was sarcasm.

          • Lindsey

            Given the other comments Clizzle was making, and in context of the rest of the comment in question, I don’t believe it was sarcasm. I’ll leave it to the author to clarify, but the intent of that post seemed to be to blame the pedestrian.

      • charlie

        i’ve driven it and it is very confusing.
        i’ve biked it and it is very dangerous as the grates are too big and your tire will get stuck.
        i’ve walked it and it is very hard for an able-bodies person to cross during rush hour.
        i’ve skateboarded it too.
        bottom line — a very dangerous stretch of road with tons going on from left and right and center and backwards.

        • JamesE

          If you are confused by Quincy I don’t know what to say, I guess never drive on 495

      • LyonSteve

        The bridge used to be 4 lanes.

        Also, Quincy/Military at Lee Highway used to not be a huge cluster f* in the mornings and evenings.

        • CW

          Oh my god does that intersection ever scare me…

    • rick

      if you could elaborate on which lanes on clarendon and wilson are “fancy lanes”, I will drink my coffee with my pinky out on the way to work. Until then, I’ll keep it in a death clutch while I dodge potholes/tourists/bikes/whole foods traffic

  • NorArl Res

    Buses don’t drop students off on the middle of Quincy. There is actually a bus-only lane between the school and the Education Center. Buses enter from Stafford and leave on Quincy, after they have dropped students off.

  • LuvDusty

    I think as the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor develops more and more, and traffic increases, you will see a further increase in these sort of accidents.

    And I can’t say crossing at the light makes much difference either. Drivers are becoming increasingly unaware of their surroundings, because they are either texting or talking on the phone, or simply driving way too fast to have any reaction time.

    The sad thing is–because it was “just” a dog that got killed–and not say, a child—nobody will care and nothing will be done.

    Additionally, I think those “crosswalks”, created with the white painted stripes, are just accidents waiting to happen. Cross at the traffic lights and wait for all cars to stop before you move, to be extra safe.

    While I do think the burden should be on the drivers to be cautious, the pedestrian, ultimately, and realistically, is at a disadvantage, and therefore, should be extra cautious whenever possible.

    And yes, if it’s found, after investigation, that the driver in this case was texting or did not stop in time, then yes, he/she should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

    • ClizzleDizzle

      Except from the pictures it looks like she was walking in the street. He had a right to hit her with impunity.

      • charlie

        no, there is a solid white line seperating the bike lane from the travel lane. and aren’t joggers allowed in the bike lane?

      • ptm

        Do you have any idea what happens to someone when they are struck by a moving vehicle? Where she landed is not necessarily an indication of her location at the time of the accident.

  • AllTogetherNow

    There are so many assumptions made about what people should know are the laws in a particular jurisdiction (and save me the speeches about ignorance being an excuse). I got my license in Texas about 20 years ago. The law in Texas is that you yield to the pedestrian in a crosswalk IF they are on the half of the roadway you are on or near enough to it that they’d be in danger if you didn’t stop. I’m not arguing right or wrong; I’m just saying that is the way that Texas drivers are taught and expected to act.

    It wasn’t until DC started its big pedestrian education push in the last few years that I knew it was a requirement that you stop for a pedestrian in any part of the crosswalk, even if they’ve just stepped off the curb on the other side. And it was only the new signage they put at crosswalks that told me that. I’ve operated in such a manner since then with no issues. My point is that education could be much better than it is, and every jurisdiction in this area would be better served if pedestrian laws were the same.

    Likewise with bicycles on sidewalks. I have lived in many places (TX and NY) where doing so will get you a ticket, and I was really quite surprised that it’s allowed in this metro area. I think drivers tend to be more forgiving of bicyclists when they’re held to the same traffic laws.

    • Josh S

      California started a similar campaign recently. Theirs must have been more effective, or maybe the people are just different, cause it now drives me crazy when I go visit and have to drive anywhere. It’s like people are now LOOKING for an excuse to stop at every freaking crosswalk. Drivers all but get out of their car and give the pedestrian a shoeshine as they’re crossing….

  • http://arlingtondirt.blogspot.com/ TGEoA

    Looks like he hit the dog, then leash dragged the owner a bit. Let’s hope she heals quickly.

  • YTK

    I can only hope it was not the woman’s fault. TOO many times while driving at the speed limit, I have encountered people who will walk into a crosswalk right into the path of an oncoming car — do those pedestrians assume that the car will stop on a dime???? I can only hope that’s not the case with this woman and her dog.
    I am sorry that her dog died and I wish her a speedy recovery. I feel bad for the driver too. Hopefully we will learn more in the next few days.

    • Curioser and Curioser

      And many TOO many times at the intersection 50 feet from where this happened, I’ve tried to enter the intersection and waved to a car several hundred feet away to signal I’m walking (or more often running) across and they don’t even consider slowing down. Whether I’m alone, walking with a baby stroller, or riding on a bike in the crosswalk.

  • Curioser and Curioser

    Although this accident appears to have happened on the bridge, which would tend to suggest pedestrian fault– when I saw the aftermath, everything described above seems accurate– I can state unequivocally that the crosswalk on the north side of the bridge is an accident waiting to happen.

    We live within a block of that intersection, and use the bike trail very frequently. I’d say that maybe 10% of drivers respect that crosswalk. It is used heavily by people accessing the bike trail. I’ve asked the county to review the intersection at least three times, and have always been told it doesn’t merit any better markings than it currently has.

    My wife and I used to try to get across with a baby stroller to take our kids out for a walk and it was rare that people would even stop for the stroller when we were halfway across. I always try to stop for people crossing there and at least a quarter of the time, get honked at, cursed at or worse– have someone go around me on either side. Now I try to get my 3 and 5 year olds across that same intersection to go to the park and same thing happens– very few people bother to stop– it’s like playing frogger– run halfway across and stop and then hope that either you get a break or someone happens to be nice enought to stop for an adult and 2 kids in the crosswalk in the middle of the street.

    Something needs to be done to make these intersections near W-L safer. Yeah, I’d love to cross at the light, but it would require going about 10 minutes out of my way- so maybe they should install a Ballston Mall style crossing on Quincy. Or maybe people could just try to find some politeness somewhere in their being.

    • http://arlingtondirt.blogspot.com/ TGEoA

      Do you have these “reminders” in writing? Send them in to the Sun Gazette. What the CB needs is a dose of embarassment.

    • John Fontain

      From what I see as both a driver and a pedestrian in Arlington, there are lots of stupid drivers and an equal amount of stupid pedestrians.

      I frequently see cars not wanting to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and I also frequently see pedestrians not waiting to enter crosswalks until no cars are present.

      Cars should yield to pedestrians already crossing the street, but pedestrians shouldn’t enter the cross walk when cars are approaching.

      • HopHop

        +1

        • Curious George

          So how far out should a car be before entering a crosswalk? 100 yards? 200? I know in north arlington I doubt there are any crosswalks on a road that has that little traffic or that long a sight line. Also, by virgina code, any intersection is a crosswalk even if it is not marked. I could be wrong about that.

          I just assume drivers are out to kill me. At least I always use crosswalks so I can sue them down to their last dime.

          I almost fall over from surprise when I do see a driver stop.

          I freely admit that there are plenty of potential organ donors who jaywalk or don’t look. Open season on them.

          • John Fontain

            “So how far out should a car be before entering a crosswalk? 100 yards? 200?”

            If standing on the side of a crosswalk with a 10 year old to teach them when it was safe to cross, what would you tell them? You’d probably teach them to err on the side of caution, to ensure a large margin of safety. And that is your answer. I’m guessing that many adult pedestrians don’t follow the guidance that they would give to a child in the same situation and, instead, put themselves into needlessly unsafe situations.

          • Cherrydaler

            And at that intersection at most hours of the day, you could easily wait 10 minutes for it to be “clear” in both directions.

    • SouthArlJD

      It requires one of those crosswalks with the flashing yellow lights and a strip of flashing lights outlining the crosswalk such as is at the corner of South Frederick and Columbia Pike. People getting off the bus cross the street there and it’s almost impossible to miss the signals. Most people come to a complete stop there when the lights are going.

  • John Fontain

    Based on the spraypainted car path and victim locations in the two photographs, it appears:

    1. the car was heading northbound and hopped the curb of the sidewalk on the bridge (on the southeast corner)
    2. the woman and her dog were walking on the east sidewalk of the bridge
    3. simultaneously: a) the woman jumped off the sidewalk with dog in tow and into the street portion of the bridge to avoid the oncoming car on the sidewalk and b) the car then swerved left to get off the sidewalk and avoid the woman and dog.
    4. the car hit the woman and dog in the street.

    Any thoughts?

    • ClizzleDizzle

      Possibly the dog pulled her of the sidewalk/ledge and got hit by the car.

    • dk

      Are the arrows to the extreme right, on the sidewalk, the path of the woman? If so, my hypothesis based on those arrows is that the woman was walking north with the dog on her left and started across the street at an angle without seeing the approaching truck. The truck veered left but was unable to avoid hitting them.

    • Undereducated

      Get a new crystal ball.

    • Jason S.

      Sounds like you want the facts to fit your narrative instead of your narrative fitting the facts.

    • Josh S

      Yeah, I’d be awfully careful about making any assumptions about what those spraypainted lines on the street mean.

  • dk

    Just wanted to comment on the above post that people should only cross at lights. There are no traffic lights on N. Quincy Street between Lee Highway and Washington Blvd. That’s a heck of a long way to go to cross the street. I live just a few blocks from this bridge and it is difficult to avoid jaywalking across Quincy. But cars regularly speed on this stretch.

    Due to the bike path entrance and the proximity to Ballston and WLHS, the pedestrian traffic on Quincy bridge is thick. There is an obvious need for a light there, perhaps one that stays green except when a pedestrian pushes the walk button.

    • GoVegArlington

      Good point. When I reference crossing at a light, I’m thinking of my own dog-walking route. This happened in an area w/o any lights very close by. I agree – a light there, just for peds and bikers, would be a great addition.

      And +1 on the speeding on this stretch. When I drive here and stick to the speed limit, I frequently get someone right on my bumper, clearly annoyed that I’m respectful of the laws. But I am well aware of what a tough stretch this is for peds. *SIGH*

    • NoCo Resident

      And then ticket any biker or pedestrian who tries to cross before they get the light.

    • LuvDusty

      There are no traffic lights on N. Quincy Street between Lee Highway and Washington Blvd. That’s a heck of a long way to go to cross the street.

      THIS is the cause of the problem then. If there really is a 10 min walk to the next light, then a traffic light or at least a stop sign needs to be placed somewhere close by.

  • KnowItAll

    ARLnow.com- Please do some follow-up on this incident with the police in a few days when the facts of the investigation can hopefully be revealed. Perhaps reading what really happened, instead of all these *way* off-base speculative conclusions, might help some of your readers take pause in the future before they start creating fact from fiction. Pictures without facts can be horribly misleading. Read, absorb, and remain silent on that of which you have no personal, direct knowledge.

    • Maria

      I don’t think that’s allowed. This is the Internet.

    • mehoo

      How about people just learn not to make wild assumptions or to believe them? It’s not ArlNow’s fault if they do.

  • Tre

    ARLnow.com – Make sure you yield to every demand made by anonymous comment trolls who have a repugnant sense of entitlement and don’t understand the concept of a ‘developing’ story.

    • charlie

      isn’t that a tad circular?

      • Josh S

        well, maybe a tad. But there is a valid point there.

  • M.

    I think it’s dangerous in our neighborhood, I live one street over on Stafford and it’s always a mess in the morning and afternoons. I’m surprised there aren’t more accidents.

  • charlie

    From the police press release:
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    April 11, 2011
    Media Contact: Det. Crystal Nosal, 571 221-1492

    Police Seek Witnesses to Critical Accident

    The Arlington County Police Department is investigating a critical
    accident that occurred this morning in the 1500 block of North Quincy
    Street. At approximately 7:30 a.m. on Monday, April 11, 2011, police
    responded for a pedestrian stuck by a vehicle.

    Investigation revealed that a woman was walking her golden retriever
    northbound on N. Quincy Street when she was struck by a black Chevy
    truck also traveling northbound. The victim is described as a white
    female in her 20′s. She was wearing a tan jacket at the time of the
    accident. She was transported to a local hospital with critical
    injuries. The dog was also struck during the accident and died at the
    scene. The driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene of the accident and
    cooperated with police.

    The Arlington County Police ask for any witnesses who may have seen the
    accident, or the victim walking her dog this morning, to contact the
    Department at 703 558-2222, or Detective Paul Marseilles at 703
    228-4237.

    • ClizzleDizzle

      This in combination with the pictures shows that she was attempting to cross the street. She probably stepped in front of the car without looking and the driver had no time to brake (no skid marks). The dog took the brunt of the blow and the lady was fortunate for that. I hope they won’t make it too hard on the poor kid.

    • Maria

      There are your details from the police, everyone. She was wearing a tan jacket.

      • Josh S

        Lady, it’s not like the police were THERE. Besides, what do you expect, a novel? They’re still trying to piece it all together.

        • Maria

          Man, I was sarcastically replying to the people who were putting down ArlNow for not having enough details and saying there would be more in the police report.

    • Eileen

      If the police are asking for eyewitnesses, then they don’t know for sure what happened either. Both the victim and the driver are probably too traumatized to remember or even talk. We don’t know what the paint marks indicate — they probably just identify debris that was recovered and may have been thrown into the air upon the collision. They don’t mean that the car or the woman were in that spot at any time, just that stuff ended up there. I hope she pulls through okay.

  • NomNom

    Is anybody else surprised that ArCo Police use stick figures opposed to chalk outlines?

    • ClizzleDizzle

      She did not die, so no chalk.

    • mehoo

      More vital criticism. Clearly the police are inferior because they don’t do it like on TV, and their artistic abilities suck.

  • RandomGuy

    Sad for all involved. Credit to ARlNow for the quick story but to me specifics ARE important when they become available. For something like this knowing it happened is fist but knowing what happened can help other avoid the same fate.

    To CW’s point earlier, the crosswalk by Ballston Gold’s Gym is lethal. I’ve seen two people at different times come close to getting whacked. This is a deadly crosswalk. Either put in a median or get rid of the cross walk, it’s more dangerous than it’s worth.

    • RandomGuy

      doh! fist=first, other=others

  • hooooos

    The comments to the article remind me why I am looking to leave Arlington (and the DC area) after growing up in NoVa and living most of my adult life here.

    This might be a surprise to some readers, but the way well-adjusted, empathetic, normal people are supposed to feel when reading this post is sadness for a woman who is hurt physically and emotionally, and to hope for her recovery on both fronts. A few posters have expressed that feeling, but most have turned it into a gigantic pissing contest about who’s more right than everyone else about cars and pedestrians and regulations and statements and journalism and teenage drivers etc. etc. etc. Do you really feel empowered by spouting on the Internet about how right you are? The self-righteousness in Arlington, and the rest of the DC area, is off the charts, and it’s poisoning most of you.

    Prayers to the victim for a full and speedy recovery, and condolences for her loss.

    • Walter Scott

      +1

    • Arlingtonite

      Thank you

    • http://arlingtondirt.blogspot.com/ TGEoA

      Adios

    • charlie

      amen to that. i’ve been to every major city in this country and i can tell you that no one things they are more important, smarter than this city. it is really horrible. seriously.
      everyone here seems to think the President is waiting to call them because they are so important. Not going to happen.

      • Tre

        NYC smugness still wins. But find me a zipcode/county in the 90th percentile of median household income that isn’t filled with self-absorbed snobs…

    • Tarasa

      While I fully agree with your sentiments – I feel awful for the woman hit and hope that she fully recovers and I’m sad for the loss of a pet. I’m sure the young man (no matter who’s fault it is) feels awful and guilty and I’m sure those few seconds will live with him forever. The one thing I disagree is that the comments you reference are not localized – they happen all over the country (and probably the world) and it’s not like the DC area people are just more crass.

      • hooooos

        I used to think this way. I grew up in Northern Virginia, came back to live here after college and grad school, and always thought it was just that people were mean, cruel, selfish and self-righteous everywhere. But it’s just not true–while there may be many other cities that have been infected with this vile social disease (New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, for instance), there are many still that have not (Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, Tampa, etc).

        Things ARE worse here. This is a community made up of transients who came here for the sole purpose of becoming more important than they could in their hometowns. Every household has to have 2 incomes to compete with the other strivers, ruining the family unit and causing a whole lot of unnecessary stress. Most people here aren’t happy, including most people commenting on this post. We could all use to take it a little easier.

  • MC 703

    Does anyone else get off of 66E onto southbound Glebe via Fairfax Dr. in the evenings and get tired of people going up to the light in the #2 lane and forcing their way into the turn lane to turn right onto SB Glebe? When the impatient aholes are unable to illegally cross the bike lane and force their way in, they often just turn left from the #2 lane and more often then not force a pedestrian to scurry out of the way.

    Gripe gripe gripe

    • MC 703

      Meant to say “Turn right from #2 lane”

      Apologize if its a little off topic but I see a pedestrian striking in the offing.

      • Josh S

        how about “a pedestrian offing in striking distance?”

        Anybody?

        Anybody?

        No?

    • walking_to_work

      As a pedestrian trying to cross FFX drive between bike paths, that area is a f*cken deathtrap. The button to signal the crosswalk at Wakefield St never seems to work, and when it does, it’s a short green. Cars come off of 66 like a bat out of hell, when the posted speed limit is 30mph when the sound barrier ends. Most cars are in excess of 50mph and I’ve had several run the red light @ Wakefield as I was about to cross.

      • http://arlingtondirt.blogspot.com TGEoA

        I’ve never had a problem there. Might have to wait 5 minutes, but you have at least 30 seconds to cross.

  • JB

    From a source with knowledge of the incident, the woman was struck while on the SIDEWALK of the bridge and not in the roadway.

    • ClizzleDizzle

      The picture shows otherwise though, they weren’t even hit on shoulder, but in the middle of the road.

      • PigPen

        How in the heck would you know what the picture shows? Unless you were there or work for the APD it might just show where the woman and dog ended up after being hit, not where they were when the truck made contact. You have no idea whether both arrows pictured represent the truck or if one represents the pedestrian. You also have no idea if the locations where the arrows are drawn are accurate, or if they are estimates based on a quick assessment of the scene.

      • walking_to_work

        sound’s like you WANT her to be in the middle of the road, so you can point blame at her. whether someone was walking in the middle of the road or jaywalking doesn’t justify them being HIT by a CAR. If a car cuts me off when I’m legally crossing a crosswalk, does that give me the right to shoot the driver in the head?

        • NoCo Resident

          No, but if you’re listening to your ipod, give a half-ass look over your shoulder, then step into the road in front of a car…

          I’m not taking a side, just pointing out that you have no idea what happened either.

    • charlie

      that is very interesting. that sidewalk is easly 10 inches off the street. i can’t see how a vehicle would get up it, even a truck.

      • Lou

        He could have put his right two wheels up on the sidewalk as he drove by the curb cut at the start of the bridge, where the old bowling alley used to be. It’s wide enough that he might have seen the bike lane stripe as a lane divider between two car lanes. Left wheels in the bike lane, right wheels on the sidewalk.

        • Maria

          Are you being sarcastic? That’s an honest question. Not meant to be snarky.

          • Lou

            No, I just gave a plausible way the right wheels could have got up on the sidewalk without having to jump that huge curb. There is a big flared out handicap ramp where the sidewalk stops for the vehicle entry into that parking lot. You can drive right up it with one side of your car and never feel a jolt.

          • Maria

            Okay, maybe, but the reason I asked is because people are saying this sidewalk is 10 inches off the ground. Wouldn’t someone notice that kind of tilt? Or are you saying he did it accidentally, then when he realized it, it was too late to avoid hitting her?

            I don’t know… I guess I just feel like there’s no point in speculating because a million different things could have happened.

          • Lou

            Yes, the implication is that it was an accident.

    • mehoo

      I presume your source has contacted the police with this knowledge, or the source of it, since they are looking for witnesses.

  • KnowItAll

    Clizzle, et al-

    You should heed the comment of JB. You are making incorrect assumptions by misinterpreting photos. The markings you see mean nothing until they are explained by the person who made them. This incident was alot scarier than these assumptions permit. If nothing else is learned from this, always try to walk (on the sidewalk) against (facing) oncoming traffic if feasible… At least then if a vehicle comes at you and you see it, you *might* have a chance of reacting (though on an overpass with retaining walls, this victim most likely wouldn’t have had a chance anyways.)… Think positive thoughts for the victim, and may her poor dog have died instantly without pain.

    • ClizzleDizzle

      Point taken

  • walking_to_work

    The optimal solution would be a light @ 15th Street with crosswalks. There should also be some more crosswalks like the ones used in front of Safeway on N. Harrison St. They don’t put up a red light, but flash yellow lights when the crosswalk button is pressed. While there are a lot of douchebag drivers who make it a point to not wait for pedestrians, I think most drivers just aren’t paying attention or drive with tunnel vision or distracted. At least a more visible device can alert them to people crossing. In front of Golds is another place that would work. As for my commute, fix the damn crosswalk buttons @ Wakefield St and Fairfax Dr., then I’d love to see speed cameras go up on FFX Dr eastbound between 66 and Glebe Rd. The speed limit there is 30, not 65mph!

    • John Fontain

      “The optimal solution would be a light @ 15th Street with crosswalks.”

      Aren’t you presuming that the person was trying to cross the street? If the victim was on the sidewalk and the driver went up on the curb and struck her, then how is putting in a light a solution to that problem?

      • walking_to_work

        putting a light at 15th would allow people to cross safely in the vicinity of the bike path, instead of just relying on half-ass stripes painted that nobody notices anyway. I’m not implying that it would have prevented this particular accident, but it would slow down drivers who drive too fast in that neighborhood.

        • charlie

          i’m sure 15/quincy doesn’t meet the so-called “warrants” for traffic calming or lights. Arlington has such bizarre standards for how to protect pedestrians. we got a 4-way stop sign near my house only after a county car got clipped. ha.

        • Cherrydaler

          +1

  • Nova Hokie

    As everybody has said- people really need to learn that just because somebody thinks they’re important- doesn’t mean they’re important. And that just because you look one way, then stare off in another direction looking to see if you can turn right on red, does not mean you just go after not looking for a minute. I was walking my dog and he and I were both hit by a car near my condo. Fortunately the person didn’t get going fast, only about 5 feet- but it was a case of she wanted to zip into a tiny break of cars and didn’t look in the crosswalk. But the rules don’t just apply to cars- bikers and pedestrians also unfortunately all need to learn the rules- I see everybody breaking them.

    • walking_to_work

      the County should eliminate Right turns on red. NYC does it and it’s a lot safer to cross the street. Nothing chaps my ass like someone who stops and is waiting for the chance to turn right on red in a very congested area and just parks their huge POS SUV right on the stripes as people converge across from both sides. Sorry, it’s too crowded, and a lot of bad drivers screwed it up for everyone. Take away right on reds for all intersections unless posted otherwise.

      • jan

        I agree with you. I frequently access Glebe Rd at a busy intersection and notice that drivers about to turn right on Glebe fail to check on their right.

  • http://arlnow hello

    I came across the accident and the woman was in the road against the curb mid bridge, too far from either crosswalk to have been hit while crossing in the crosswalk.

  • http://arlingtondirt.blogspot.com TGEoA

    I biked over the bridge this evening and saw the paint lines. The lines indicate the driver first swerved to the right ONTO the sidewalk and either hit or just missed the concrete wall. The tire marks show where the vehicle swerved back to the left where it looks like the pedestrian and her dog got hit. Then the truck kept going to the left and then up onto the median.

    I could see a scenario where the pedestrian was on the sidewalk and ran onto the shoulder to avoid the truck that just hopped the sidewalk. The question remains is why the driver swerved to the right in the first place.

    • John Fontain

      That is exactly what I surmised and posted earlier today based on the photos.

    • Ben

      Texting while driving?

      It wouldn’t be the first – a cab once jumped the curb at Penn and 24th with enough force to continue through the plate glass window and injure my friend in the bar standing below the window. (among several other people)

    • Mr. Jangles

      TGEoA is correct. The vehicle drove up onto the sidewalk via the curb ramp just prior to the start of the bridge.

    • NoCo Resident

      Or the driver was texting, looked up and saw the girl and her dog in the middle of the road, swerved to miss them, hit them, then wound up veering left.

      Or a dozen other things.

    • Josh S

      Well, just to lay it out there. If there is evidence the ped was on the sidewalk, and the truck hit her near there, and that would require a fairly significant swerve off the straight and narrow path of driving north on Quincy….isn’t it possible it was INTENTIONAL?

  • Screech

    As they say on WTOP traffic, slow down, yield to *everyone*

  • http://arlingtondirt.blogspot.com TGEoA

    The ARLNOW photos don’t really show the tire marks.

  • Mark Sutton

    We walk our dogs frequently on Utah between 18th and 15th Streets North, and the crossing at Utah and 15th doesn’t scare me nearly as much as the roundabouts do. Cars are forced into cross streets and you can’t see a thing around the plantings. The intersection of 18th and Utah–which was no picnic pre-roundabout–is now (with the combination of hill, overgrown plantings on the northeast corner and parking allowed on the east side of Utah) pure “guess and go”. You certainly can’t SEE what you’re doing.

    • charlie

      mark: talk to your civic association. they are supposed to maintain that circle.

      • Cherrydaler

        It doesn’t matter how well it’s maintained. If you’re coming from the east on 18th, you simply cannot see north on Utah until you’re halfway into the intersection because of the huge fence on the NE Corner that completely obscures any chance of seeing to the north.

        How the fence got approved in the first place is beyond me.

        • charlie

          I know that fence as i travel 18th Street thru cherrydale. that fence is illegal. it is 3 feet into the public right of way and it also has NO angle at the corner. i’ve talked to the County and they won’t do anything about it.. (see attached and the green line is the property line and the fence AND the bushes are outside)
          I hear that important people live on that part of 18th and want it that way.

          • http://arlingtondirt.blogspot.com TGEoA

            Charlie,

            Email (or call) Shannon Flanagan-Watson. When the others in the County tell me “no”, she says “yes” (or at least provides a reasonable explanation)

  • Use the snow Luke

    ARLnow, can you provide an update on the status of this article on Tuesday?

  • Sue Di Filippo

    Is there any update on the medical status of the woman hit?

    • Dawn

      Sue,

      Our thoughts are with you and your family. We are praying for everyone involved and we are here if there is anything at all we can do for you.

      Frank & Dawn

  • Chris K

    This whole matter is sad and unfortunate. I drove past the accident maybe 2 min after it happened. If anyone looks at the photos that are posted it is easy to see that the lady and her dog darted into the street no where near the crosswalk. I saw the dog laying there before it was covered and it did not appear to have had a leash on it. It will probably come out that the woman was walking the dog unleashed when it darted out into traffic and she tried to stop it. This poor young man most likely did not have a chance. The posted photos also show that he did swerve to try to avoid the collision and ran up on the median. People who choose to ignore the LAWS and walk their dogs unleashed are arrogant fools. For all of you other pedestrians who think that drivers are out to get you, get a clue, I have had many uncaring pedestrians and joggers jump out in front of me without warning. I will always yield to pedestrians when possible and I see them, even when they are not in a crosswalk. When crossing a street my mother taught me to stop at the curb and look both ways before crossing, have the rest of you forgotten your responsibilities as pedestrians? Right or wrong autos are heavy steel monsters, look after yourself don’t depend on them to always see you, personally I will not cross without getting eye contact with drivers. Both sides need to be more considerate and aware. I will continue to pray for this unfortunate lady’s recovery as well as the young man’s emotional well being. Before you blame this young man just remember that if it was not his fault then he has been psychologically damaged for life by another’s careless actions.

    • L

      This post is in itself inconsiderate. I know the girl who was hit, and she has never walked her dog off the leash. She is incredibly careful with her own safety as well as with her beloved dog. You look like you’re taking as many liberties with assumptions and accusations as those you are railing against. Get a clue.

      • Chris K

        I guess that you know everything there is to know, my right to comment is not inconsiderate it is freedom of speech and another point of view which you obviously are not open minded enough to consider. You have already convicted the driver unfairly.

        • L

          Did I ever point fingers at the driver like you’ve pointed fingers at the pedestrian? No. There are certainly two sides to every story, and I am giving the driver the benefit of the doubt by not making assumptions about his state of mind, or attentiveness, or any other number of reasons that could be behind such a tragic accident. You on the other hand have no problem making assumptions and pointing your dirty fingers at a victim. Bravo.

    • L

      And nice job taking a photo of the incident while driving. That’s not hazardous to pedestrians and other drivers at all.

      • mehoo

        And now you’re assuming he was driving when he took that photo. Lets all just stop assuming stuff, all of us.

        Sorry to hear about this tragedy and that you knew this person, and we all hope she gets better soon.

        • L

          Given that previous posts have pointed out that there are no lights between Washington Blvd and Lee Highway, and there are no lights in sight of the camera shot, how do you suppose the photo was taken? The angle is clearly from the drivers side of the car, front seat. So either the person is driving and taking the photo or completely at a stop in the middle of quincy while the other cars going in the same direction are moving forward.

          • http://arlingtondirt.blogspot.com TGEoA

            You look like you’re taking as many liberties with assumptions and accusations as those you are railing against. Get a clue.

          • L

            My friend is in the hospital, and we have no idea how badly she’s injured. In the best case scenario, she has a long road to recovery ahead of her. She, her family, and her friends have enough to worry about without uninformed people making accusations that she was in the wrong. I just ask that people stop pointing fingers in any direction and pray for her recovery.

          • http://arlingtondirt.blogspot.com/ TGEoA

            We all hope she pulls through and heals completely.

          • CW

            Ok I’m going to stay out of the blame game with respect to the actual incident, which was clearly unfortunate, but it’s not fair to try to attack him for taking the picture. In the picture you can see two stopped cars on the west side of the road, one with its door open. So he too could have been stopped when he took the picture.

          • L

            You are right, I shouldn’t have reacted in such a way to contribute to this seemingly endless cycle of accusations and assumptions. But after a night of crying, the last thing I want to see is: “If anyone looks at the photos that are posted it is easy to see that the lady and her dog darted into the street no where near the crosswalk. I saw the dog laying there before it was covered and it did not appear to have had a leash on it. It will probably come out that the woman was walking the dog unleashed when it darted out into traffic and she tried to stop it… People who choose to ignore the LAWS and walk their dogs unleashed are arrogant fools.”

            I get that people are trying to give the driver the benefit of the doubt, and I don’t necessarily disagree. What I find distasteful is assigning blame to the victim of a tragic accident without any actual knowledge or facts. As many have pointed out, this is a terrible event for all involved. We don’t need any fiction inserted to make the situation worse than it already is.

          • CW

            Agreed wholeheartedly. Plenty of people were attacking the driver (“He was texting, for sure!”) from the get-go as well, which wasn’t right either. I don’t think that any assumptions should be made until all the facts are known.

            I knew the second that this story posted that people would start postulating, speculating, and accusing regarding what happened. That is why I made the early push for FACTS and DETAILS for which I was so strongly lambasted – as an attempt to try to avoid rampant speculation and blame-trading.

          • mehoo

            Maybe he just stopped, like the other cars in the photo.

      • Chris K

        You like others who are posting are an idiot, this picture is from a video on a windsheild mounted dash cam, the windshield mount can be clearly seen in the picutre. You speak from the muck of ignorance and arrogance.

        • L

          I/m the ignorant and arrogant one accusing a woman in critical condition of walking her dog off the leash? Pull your head out of your rear and try to have some compassion for the poor woman and her friends and family, you heartless jerk.

    • charlie

      Thanks for posting the tragic picture.
      and for joining the list of accusations and insults.
      and operating a motor vehicle while taking pictures. nice touch really.

      • Chris K

        Charlie, you like L. are ignorant and lack the ability to carefully consider all of the evidence.

    • JamesE

      I’m just trying to figure out what kind of car that is.

    • Allan

      Hmmm. So smart mouthed, but yet, so dumb. People jump in front of cars? Not likely.

      Making assumptions about someone walking their dog off-leash because you didn’t see a leash while driving by? Dumb.

      The rest of us might be able to figure out that a) it may have been broken off due to the force of impact, b) someone took it off prior to covering the body since it’s not necessary anymore or c) it might have been underneath the body. Or any other number of other things.

      But no, you don’t see it, so it’s just not there and never was….

      And to top it all off, you just can’t figure out in your head that for the impact to have killed a golden retriever and put a woman in the hospital; clearly the impact moved the bodies from one place to another – and where they ended up was not where they started. If that was the case, they would have been pancakes.

      Common sense – use it or lose it.

    • Eileen

      Even if you weren’t there when it happened, I hope you have contacted the police and can turn over your photos. There might be some information in there helpful to them.

  • L

    Yes Charlie, you should make up evidence like Chris K. does. Then you have a lot more “facts” to carefully consider as you make up a really horrible and offensive explanation.

    • charlie

      what?

      • L

        Sarcasm directed towards Chris K.

        • charlie

          thanks. I can give but don’t always see it coming back. not very smart today. thank you for the clarification.

  • JB

    There has been much speculation as to where the woman was struck. From a source with knowledge of the investigation, the woman was struck by the truck while on the sidewalk. She was struck and then thrown/drag several feet into the road. Where people see the spraypaint is where she ended up, not where she was hit. I can confirm she was walking NB on the sidewalk when she was struck.
    Also, the driver was observed driving off the road on NB Quincy, south of WASH BL. moments prior to the incident.
    This will eventually be made public, but for the time being, know that the woman was NOT in the street.

    • http://arlingtondirt.blogspot.com/ TGEoA

      South of Wash Blvd is pretty darn far from the accident scene as well.

    • JM

      JB, I saw the accident. I slowed down after the driver swerved the first time after we passed Washington Blvd. because I could see he wasn’t driving well and he didn’t appear to be paying enough attention to driving. I was worried about his driving and did not want to be too close to him. The second time he swerved I thought his truck actually sped up and I saw the victim and her dog go flying into the street. I haven’t been able to get the images out of my head.
      Do we know how the victim is?

  • :)

    I have a red pencil box.

  • GR

    As her friend I want to post that she is in critical condition and we are praying she will survive. Please quit bickering and say a pray for her and her family.

    • Sue

      +1

  • RespectingOthers

    I pray for this woman and her family & friends. What a tremendously sad and tragic accident. As a owner of a beloved lab, I am very sad about her dog as well. I will not even begin to speculate on what happened here, as it seems there are a million different scenarios.

    I am a resident of Quincy Street, not far from the bridge, and I can say with absolute certainty that drivers (from all over mind you, this is a cut-through for a lot of Marylanders also) go way too fast on this road. This road and many others around Arlington. The painted crosswalk there is a joke. Maybe now all our roads can be looked at closer for pedestrian safety. It’s sad that it may take a tragic accident like this to get some attention.

    Again, my prayers go out to this woman and her family & friends. Hopefully other posters here can have some respect for them as well and send their good wishes.

  • Sue

    Joe was not texting or taking pictures. He also has a driver’s license which he has held for about 2 weeks. Please pray for all who are suffering from this and the full recovery of the woman.

    • Tamar

      Sue, we are praying for Joe who is a wonderful young man. We are also praying for the young woman in the hospital, though I don’t know her. This is not a story about good and evil — it is a tragic accident with enough pain to go around. We would all be better served by hoping that everyone is okay in the end.

    • Christy S

      What did happen that resulted in the accident?
      Thoughts and prayers to all involved.

  • Ruth

    Sue,
    Joe and the injured woman are in our prayers. To those of us with teenaged drivers, we realize it could be any of our children in Joe’s situation.

  • Jennie C.

    I don’t see any comments about the fact that the kid — adult actually — who was driving was doing so without a license. And the report said “violation of a learner’s permit” or something like that. So whatever happened, wherever the woman was walking, whatever the conditions, that kid was at fault. He was driving without a license, and if he was violating the terms of his permit then that means there was no licensed driver in the car with him. Plain and simple, he’s at fault.

    • Maria

      He’s called a kid because, even though he’s 18, he’s a high school student. Believe me when I tell you, as someone who works with them every day, they are no adults.

      Anyway, I have no idea whether he had a license or not (someone is posting as his mother saying he does, but regardless…), but not having a license doesn’t actually automatically make accidents like these the driver’s fault. If a person does do something like dart out into the street (NOT saying this woman did, just giving a hypothetical) and an unlicensed driver hit that person, then the lack of a license would not have been the cause of the accident. The driver certainly should get in trouble for that, and perhaps the lack of license contributes to a lack of knowledge about how to react to something like that, but that statement a big leap in logic (in general; not necessarily in this particular case).

      • Lou

        You’re trying way too hard.

        • Maria

          At?

    • A

      I am blown a way that anyone has the audacity to put blame on anyone when they are not in the position of authority or have the knowledge to make assumptions. I realize that not everyone has that capacity to empathize with what other people are going through. That you don’t understand what it feels like to be a mother watching her son suffer from the tragedy that he was a part of, that you don’t know what it feels like to have caused an accident and see someones life threatened by it, that you dont know what its like to be the woman lying on the street facing death. I don’t fault you for that. But, if you are not able to understand the situation to its fullest depth, then stay out of it. Have a little compassion for the people who are enduring this tragedy.

      Please, all, life would be a lot better for those around you if you found compassion for others within yourself. One day you will have tragedy happen to you and wish that others could give you a break to support you during a difficult time. We, the friends and family of the victim, and the friends/and family of the driver are suffering. And we need support not negativity during this time.

      • Beth

        Very well said and so true. My heart goes out to all who have been touched by this tragedy.

  • Whitney Wilson

    My thoughts go out to the victim. I hope she can make a full recovery.

    • Beth

      any word on her condition?

      • ptm

        Not good, she is on life support. Only time will tell.
        Her dog’s name was Buckley. She rescued him, he was a Chow mix

        • Beth

          oh my God, please let her family and friends know that everyone is praying and sending positive thoughts her way.

          • ptm

            there is a widespread effort amongst her family/friends to donate blood/platelets as she has had many transfusions. If you are an eligible donor, this would be a great time to get to the local red cross. Even if it doesn’t go to her, it is a reminder that we should be doing this to help save lives.

          • Beth

            absolutely. does she have directed blood donation set up at the Arlington Red Cross?

        • Sue

          PTM
          Checking to see if there has been a change in your friend, the victim’s conditon. Any details would be appreciated. We are praying hard for her and plan to give blood today. Do you know her blood type?

  • e

    What is her name? I’d like to say a prayer for her

  • Christy S

    The blood donation is a great idea.
    To Sue, the mother of the driver, can you let us know what happened so that we can help prevent a tragedy like this in the future? You mentioned that he wasn’t texting or taking pictures, but that he lost control of the vehicle, but what caused the loss of control? My hope is that we can all learn something for the future, for drivers young or otherwise. Continued thoughts and prayers to all involved.

  • T Benson

    This tragedy made me think and worry about all the same things you all have discussed. What I realized was that even going the speed limit can kill– 20, 30mph. It’s a painful physics reminder for all of us, especially those of us with children who are learning to drive.

    It’s pretty amazing what tribal gossip can be generated online these days–trying to sort out the details and find some sense in this sad event.

    It’s best to embrace the families of all involved and wish for their well being. They deserve respect and quiet right now. (I only post because I’m disappointed by the vitriol and painful comments here)

    We feel their pain as our community pain of course, but it just makes it all the worse to speculate and go on about facts we don’t know. I never thought I’d come to the realization that some things are just not my business, but here I have. Those families don’t need our fears and chatter right now. They need our words and deeds of comfort if they need anything from us right now. Maybe they just need our quiet.

    These blog comments may live forever. Use care when saying things that you might later wish didn’t live forever. Be Kind.
    T Benson

  • Jim

    I am so sorry to say that the young woman passed away today. May we all pause to pray her and all the other victims, living and not, in this great tragedy. Losing one’s child suddenly and senselessly is one of the greatest burdens for a parent to bear..my heartfelt prayers and thoughts go out to the parents. May God be with you.

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