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Arrest Made in Ballston Hit-and-Run

by ARLnow.com March 10, 2011 at 1:39 pm 3,928 34 Comments

A Fairfax man has been arrested and charged in a hit-and-run accident that seriously injured a 22-year-old woman in Ballston.

The accident happened just after midnight on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010. Police said the woman was trying to cross Fairfax Drive near the Ballston Metro station when she was struck by a dark-colored vehicle that then sped away. The woman was taken to the local hospital in serious condition.

Police say they used debris left at the scene to charge 24-year-old John Christopher Reynolds of Fairfax with Felony Hit and Run.

Reynolds’ Facebook page says he studied psychology and criminal justice at Old Dominion University and has been working as a “leadership consultant” for the Kappa Delta Rho national fraternity.

He is currently being held at the Arlington County Detention Center.

Photo courtesy Arlington County Police Department

  • Kate

    That’s a really rough 24.

    • Overgrown Bush

      Bald at 24. Rough.

      • gringo

        Hmm, I was that bald at 24 and did not find / have not found it rough.

  • el fat kid

    meanwhile his 28 year old brother who was with him at the time of the incident will not be charged.

  • Susie

    I don’t understand why someone would do a hit and run. If you hit someone you should stay back and help. A life is more important than getting in trouble. How can someone live with themselves? I hope the victim is better.

    • Good time

      Because he was drunk out of his mind.

      • Danielle

        I agree – that seems like the only reason to take off. A lawyer I used to know got a hit and run felony charge in Arlington and I assumed that was why he left the scene. I wonder if the penalty is more severe for a hit and run or having an accident while drunk.

        • Tabby

          Is that lawyer’s name Wayne? The story sounds familiar.

    • Not Lyin’ Steve

      He was demonstrating “leadership”.

    • Jason S.

      Maybe he would rather have her be in a huge amount of trouble than himself be in any trouble.

      I thought I looked old for my age, that’s a rough 24 and he hasn’t even done anything judging by his bio.

  • JamesE

    I heard he scored four touchdowns in one game at Polk High

    • OX4

      And he just sold me a pair of shoes the other day.

      • GMo

        HA First thing I thought when I saw that mug.


    • RandomGuy

      Glad they caught him, I agree. Too many people deciding to hit the gas ad leave the scene.

      JamesE & OX4 – Great pic – first thing I thought of too! Classic.

  • Benjamin Button… Based on a true story.

  • Courthouse Gal

    Any word on the recovery of the woman who was hit?

    • FrenchyB

      +1, thanks for reminding me not to make a smart-ass comment about a serious incident.

  • charlie

    CSI Arlington. Great job arlpo.

  • Carmen

    Glad the police caught him. Hit and run happens way too often.

  • jjbug

    Please – did the woman have a light protecting her crossing or did she just step out hoping no driver would hit her?
    There are carefully designed crossings along this road, but they fail when pedestrians assume they have the right of way simply because they are tired or it is raining. Without the color of the pedestrian’s actions informing this story, i can’t jump on this “alleged perp”. We (and the judge) need much more information.

    • Banksy

      Guy still hit-and-ran. No excuse for that.

    • CarsSuck

      even if she jaywalked, that’s no reason to justify hit and run. Same as if a car cuts me off when I legally have the crosswalk, does that make it OK for me to throw a brick through the window at the driver’s head? Let the cops sort out the failure to yield and jaywalking summonses. This should be attempted murder once the driver decided to book it out of there. I hope he spends a long time in the joint and get’s a rectum probe from his cellies.

    • CW

      I wonder if he will claim that he thought he hit a deer?

      • GMo

        Is that what Robert Novak claimed when he struck that cyclist in D.C. and kept going only to later discover he had brain cancer?

        • CW

          No, but a maryland resident in an escalade claimed this after running over and killing a cyclist last year…

    • Jason S.

      I’ll admit that I don’t care when people get themselves hurt, but if you are in the right and hit somebody in the wrong, you stick around and call an ambulance. Even if you are in the wrong, call an ambulance and take your lumps for being wrong. Basic decency is too uncommon around here.

    • Nance

      Sounds like there are eyewitnesses. According to the one who posted on this blog, she was in the crosswalk, he was speeding, and he sped up even more after hitting her. Don’t know about the light, but if he was going to protest that he had the light and didn’t see her, the time to do that would have been after he stopped, called an ambulance, and reported his involvement to the police.

  • CW

    The fact that you all are surprised by how this guy looks at 24 just means that you clearly never met anyone in KDR during your college days…

    • Tabby


      • CW

        “the Kappa Delta Rho national fraternity”

        • Steele Jones

          Hey now us current boys in KDR didn’t like this guy too much so don’t hate on us for one bad egg.

  • johnn q

    Yeah us kdr guys questioned his sexuality too

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