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Pedestrian Struck Near Kenmore Expected to Survive

by ARLnow.com | January 25, 2013 at 10:35 am | 1,987 views | 33 Comments

Pedestrian accident on Carlin Springs Road near Kenmore Middle SchoolA man who was struck by a car and critically injured Wednesday night is expected to survive.

The man was apparently trying to cross Carlin Springs Road near Kenmore Middle School when he was struck by a southbound vehicle, suffering what police described as “severe head trauma.” The man is expected to survive, although severe head injuries are often debilitating.

“The victim remains in a medically induced coma at this time but is expected to survive,” Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck told ARLnow.com. “His wife informed our lead detective on the case that he is in stable condition.”

The man is an Arlington Public Schools teacher. The school system declined to identify the school at which he teaches.

“Students have been told that the teacher was in an accident and to keep him in their thoughts,” said APS spokesman Frank Bellavia. “Unfortunately I can’t release his name because of privacy issues.”

Police remained on scene for hours to investigate the accident. So far there’s no word on whether any charges will be filed.

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  • DB

    § 46.2-924. Drivers to stop for pedestrians; installation of certain signs; penalty.

    A. The driver of any vehicle on a highway shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian crossing such highway:

    1. At any clearly marked crosswalk, whether at mid-block or at the end of any block;

    2. At any regular pedestrian crossing included in the prolongation of the lateral boundary lines of the adjacent sidewalk at the end of a block;

    3. At any intersection when the driver is approaching on a highway or street where the legal maximum speed does not exceed 35 miles per hour.

    B. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection A, at intersections or crosswalks where the movement of traffic is being regulated by law-enforcement officers or traffic control devices, the driver shall yield according to the direction of the law-enforcement officer or device.

    No pedestrian shall enter or cross an intersection in disregard of approaching traffic.

    The drivers of vehicles entering, crossing, or turning at intersections shall change their course, slow down, or stop if necessary to permit pedestrians to cross such intersections safely and expeditiously.

    Pedestrians crossing highways at intersections shall at all times have the right-of-way over vehicles making turns into the highways being crossed by the pedestrians.

    C. The governing body of Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County and any town therein, the City of Alexandria, the City of Fairfax, and the City of Falls Church may by ordinance provide for the installation and maintenance of highway signs at marked crosswalks specifically requiring operators of motor vehicles, at the locations where such signs are installed, to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing or attempting to cross the highway. Any operator of a motor vehicle who fails at such locations to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians as required by such signs shall be guilty of a traffic infraction punishable by a fine of no less than $100 or more than $500. The Commonwealth Transportation Board shall develop criteria for the design, location, and installation of such signs. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any limited access highway.

  • DB

    § 46.2-923. How and where pedestrians to cross highways.

    When crossing highways, pedestrians shall not carelessly or maliciously interfere with the orderly passage of vehicles. They shall cross, wherever possible, only at intersections or marked crosswalks. Where intersections contain no marked crosswalks, pedestrians shall not be guilty of negligence as a matter of law for crossing at any such intersection or between intersections when crossing by the most direct route.

  • DB

    Last one now have an intelligent conversation after reading the relevant code sections.

    § 46.2-926. Pedestrians stepping into highway where they cannot be seen.

    No pedestrian shall step into a highway open to moving vehicular traffic at any point between intersections where his presence would be obscured from the vision of drivers of approaching vehicles by a vehicle or other obstruction at the curb or side. The foregoing prohibition shall not apply to a pedestrian stepping into a highway to board a bus or to enter a safety zone, in which event he shall cross the highway only at right angles.

    • NIMBY The Chicken

      How relevant could any conversation be where neither article said if he was crossing mid-block or in a designated crosswalk?

      • drax

        There’s no designated crosswalk where he’s reported to have been hit, though we can’t be sure exactly where it was, of course.

        • drax

          P.S. I looked again and there is one near there, but not right at the 7-11.

      • weiqiang

        not sure it matters. to wit:

        “No pedestrian shall enter or cross an intersection in disregard of approaching traffic.”

        “They shall cross, wherever possible, only at intersections or marked crosswalks. Where intersections contain no marked crosswalks, pedestrians shall not be guilty of negligence as a matter of law for crossing at any such intersection or between intersections when crossing by the most direct route.”

    • WeiQiang

      thank you. thank you. thank you. i haven’t read these specific ordinances, but i know the ones in DC. unfortunately, pedestrians don’t know them and certainly don’t act on them, if they do. as a result, pedestrians put themselves in extremis self-righteously and, to be fair, drivers who do know the law also act self-righteously, thinking that pedestrians are in the wrong and have to be taught a lesson by dusting them back or charging them. i honestly have to fight the urge be the latter.

  • drax

    DB, stop annoying us with facts. Those are no fun.

  • barryballston

    “The man was apparently trying to cross Carlin Springs Road near Kenmore Middle School when he was struck by a southbound vehicle”
    “The school system declined to identify the school at which he teaches.”

    I think I can figure this one out

    • FrenchyB

      Carlin Springs Elementary is right next to Kenmore. It’s also possible that he just got off the bus.

    • Tabby_TwoTone

      No, according to the other thread, he just lives near Kenmore.

    • numnum

      There are lots of reasons that a teacher might need to drop by a neighboring school so you can’t just assume he worked there. Could have just been a meeting, event, needed to borrow some materials, etc. etc.

      • Arl Dad

        It’s actually kind of ridiculous that the system is citing privacy concerns. What privacy concerns are there? If the kids know, then everyone knows.

        • drax

          Do you know?

    • Beth M.

      Buzzer! You are wrong. He doesn’t work at Kenmore.

  • drax

    Glad to hear the good news.

  • TW

    What are the privacy issues that APS spokesman Frank Bellavia is alluding to? They must be coming from his misinformed self. Once the next of kin has been informed, as his wife clearly has, there are no legal requirements to the privacy of this matter. Oh, I guess the public will never know the identity of this accident victim which is normally routinely disclosed by any news source accross the nation. What are his chances for survival if hundreds of Christians are denied the chance to petition God in this man’s name for his recovery?

    • really?

      “What are his chances for survival if hundreds of Christians are denied the chance to petition God in this man’s name for his recovery?”

      About the same.

    • SHLady

      I’m pretty sure you don’t need his name in order to pray for him.

    • Karen

      He was my teacher……I really hope he’s okay

  • Anon

    Thank you for posting this update- I was there when it happened and have been thinking about him over the last two days.

    Please let’s stop playing the blame game here- at this point, it doesn’t matter if it was his fault. He is in a coma and needs our thoughts and prayers.

  • drax

    Actually, looking at the map, there is a crosswalk close to the 7-11, right where Carlin Springs meets the ramps for Rt. 50. He could have been in it.

    http://goo.gl/maps/TA5gy

  • cranky crankypants

    Sorry to rain on the “blame the victim” parade, but there is such a thing as an unmarked crosswalk, which exists any time there is a cross street. There is one at 1st Street South. And I agree with Anon.

    • drax

      True, and that’s right next to the 7-11.

      All crosswalks should be marked.

  • NoVA RN

    Why do people feel entitled to know the name of the victim?

    Oh, wait. Probably because so many people around here act entitled to begin with. Carry on.

  • Loocy

    Yes, the blame game is unnecessary. If he was in the wrong, he certainly is paying for it.

  • You don’t NEED to know

    APS has the right not to release this individual’s name…The privacy issues the spokesman referred to could be internal, not a “law” on the books. I don’t know what their privacy policies are regarding this, but considering so far that the APS employee hasn’t been charged with a crime I don’t believe they are under any obligation to declare his identity. Get over it and leave the poor guy alone.

  • anon

    This website already revealed his name. It was a shock, I want to tell you.

  • Joe

    Umm, excuse me arlnow.com but which doctor did you talk to that proffered this medical nugget: “…although severe head injuries are often debilitating.” While true, it shouldn’t be stated without citation. Sincerely, the Associated Press

  • Liam

    If the driver was speeding or drunk they would have arrested him/her. This happened at night. Most of the crosswalks in Arlington are not well lit and it is almost impossible to see pedestrians at night. Especially if they are wearing dark clothes. I can’t tell you how many times I have had near misses with pedestrians who run out in front of traffic, cross when it says don’t walk, or cross at night wearing black jackets and black pants. My guess is that it’s the pedestrian’s fault or they would have charged the driver by now.

  • dk (not DK)

    I find this discussion so sad. Until we hear otherwise, there is no downside to assuming that both pedestrian and driver were doing their best and operating with good intentions. Is there anything to be gained by this speculative blame game?

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