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Police: Teen Ran Into Path of Car While Being Chased

by ARLnow.com January 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm 4,853 32 Comments

Arlington police have released new details about yesterday’s pedestrian accident involving a Wakefield High School student on Four Mile Run Drive.

Police say the 15-year-old boy ran into the street while being chased by some fellow teens. He was struck by a car, suffering critical injuries. The driver remained on the scene.

In a press release, police ask for anyone who witnessed the accident to step forward.

The Arlington County Police Department, is investigating a critical accident that occurred yesterday afternoon in the 4500 block of Four Mile Run Drive.  At approximately 3:35 p.m. on Wednesday, January 5, police responded for a pedestrian stuck by a vehicle.

Investigation revealed that a 15-year-old male ran into the street when chased by teenagers known to him. The accident is still under investigation. The driver of the striking vehicle stayed at the scene and is cooperating with police.

Police ask that anyone who witnessed the accident or has information relating to this incident call Detective Robert Icolari at (703) 228-4240.

  • Skeptical

    So much for everyone who just knew that it was all about the lane narrowing (and, really, so much for those who just knew that lane narrowing made Arlington safer).

    There’s a reason for my handle. A discussion requires something better than stout assertion in the absence of more than sketchy facts.

    • Sunny617


  • AbsoluteBS

    looks like those kids were playing the game we used to play in high school:
    “Chase the kid Across the Narrow Street”

    • SD

      AKA- Frogger!

  • Shannon

    If by chance this is a case of these kids running him into traffic due to bullying..I hope they prosecute them as ADULTS!!!!!!!!!! I would not hold the driver responsible if this kid was fleeing for his life/safety.

    • Rick

      He ran into the street with no crosswalk and a screen set by parked cars. Why would it be the drivers fault to begin with?

      • AbsoluteBS

        not likely. unless the driver was speeding or intoxicated or texting (maybe).

      • Susan

        Because Rick, it is ALWAYS the driver’s fault, in a vehicle vs pedestrian accident, until proven otherwise, didn’t you know that? Because we all know, pedestrians, especially kids, would NEVER cross outside of a crosswalk, or against the light, and would NEVER cross the street distracted with a cellphone, or anything like that. Wake up man! 🙂

        • Rick

          Silly me!

        • JD32


          Kindly stop constructing silly straw man arguments and putting words into the mouths of pedestrian advocates. Your mocking tone does not help advance the dialogue between motorists and pedestrians, and it belittles this unfortunate incident.

        • mehoo

          I’m a strong pedestrian advocate – which is why I detest it when pedestrians do stupid things like walking outside crosswalks. No, it’s not always the driver’s fault, don’t be daft.

    • mehoo

      But they aren’t adults.

  • ClarendonKing

    That’ll teach him. Next time he’ll know better.

  • Katie

    Oh, poor little sweetheart.

  • Box Alarm

    There’s no gang problem in Arlington…………

    • Brandon C

      Yes, there is! Those no-good Sharks are always coming onto Jets territory. Well, we’ll settle their hash tonight after a rousing and imposing dance number. A 5, 6, 7, 8…

      • Box Alarm

        HAHAHAHA!!! That’s Awesome!!!

        • Michael


  • jan

    How sad for the boy’s family and the driver.

    Meanwhile, have they found the driver of last week’s hit and run yet? I wonder how the woman is doing.

  • NorthArlSnob

    Just another day in South Arlington…

    • ClarendonKing

      I like to call it “South Central”.

    • KalashniKEV


      We should construct a fence between N. Arlington and this hooliganism.

      • mehoo

        Send in the National Guard to patrol Route 50.

    • SouthArl&SnobHater

      I live in South Arlington and avoid North Arlington like the plague. Too many damn snobs and douchebags throwing cigs at Arlington’s finest.

      • Maria

        Don’t you mean DC’s finest?

      • NorthArlSnob

        I lived in S. Arlington years ago and it was like a war zone then. It has only gotten worse with time. S. Arlington is for those who either can’t afford or who are too cheap to live in N. Arlington. I truly pity anyone who has to endure the squalor and crime that is rampant in that slum.

    • AsherYuki

      Too bad you’ll miss all the great restaurants and atmosphere in Shirlington, the Signature, the 10 minute commute to the city, etc., NorthArl.

  • John Snyder

    There is nothing at all funny about a kid in critical condition. Nor is it an occasion to insult people. If you cannot comment on a news story about a kid in critical condition without observing basic decency, don’t comment. If you do not like the neighborhood around Four Mile Run Drive, stay away. You won’t be missed.

  • brian123

    I know this kid very well, he’s in my prayers, ” its all fun and games until someone gets hurt and killed. this is a case of bullying. he was being chased

    • Maria

      I have zero knowledge of the situation, so I’m just asking, not arguing, but are you sure it was bullying? I’m a teacher, and I’m around teenage boys all day, every day, and they do this kind of crap (play fighting, etc.) all the time with their friends. They literally think it’s fun and games.

  • Melissa

    Does anyone know what happened with this case? Is the boy still in the hospital?

  • asheryuki

    An update on the boy. I just spoke to Detective R. Icolari, listed above. He was in to see him yesterday and the boy acknowledged he was there. He is going to recover, but of course it will take some time. That is all I know.


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