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Man Struck By Car in Rosslyn During Outdoor Movie

by ARLnow.com July 2, 2011 at 2:50 am 3,697 20 Comments

A 22-year-old man was struck by a car on N. Lynn Street as moviegoers gathered in nearby Gateway Park for Rosslyn’s outdoor film series Friday night. Police issued the following press release about the incident.

The Arlington County Police Department is investigating a pedestrian accident that occurred in the 1100 block of North Lynn Street. At approximately 9 p.m. on Friday, July 1, 2011, a Honda Civic struck a man walking through traffic.

The pedestrian, a 22 year-old man, was transported to a local hospital. His wounds do not appear to be life threatening at this time. The driver of the vehicle stayed onscene and is cooperating with police.

There was a large number of people and vehicles in the area at the time of the accident because of an outdoor movie. Only one set of witnesses stayed to wait for police. The Arlington County Police Department reminds people who witness a serious accident or crime to stay in the area in order to provide important information.

Anyone who has additional information about this accident is asked contact Detective Robert Icolari at (703) 228-4240. Det. Icolari can also be contacted via e-mail at [email protected] Witnesses can also call the Arlington Police Tip-Line at (703) 228-4242.

  • Chris

    The police comment leaves the impression that nobody tried to help – the accident happened in a spot where unless you were crossing the street or looking away from the screen you wouldn’t have seen it. Soon after it happened, a number of people rushed to help (including several medical professionals after a quick PA announcement) and render aid, call 911, and direct traffic around the accident as appropriate. If someone saw it happen and didn’t stay to talk to police, they should definitely correct that.

    • Jack

      Very few of the movie watchers could have seen the incident, you are correct, however other drivers on Lee Highway surely saw. It’s too bad they didn’t pull over to give their account.

  • lynn st

    Didn’t see it, but saw tons of people massively jaywalking across portions of this busy block before the movie. Not a good idea.

    • Cherrydale

      Was that wrong? Should I not have done that?
      What’s news is when pedestrians make an effort to look for and use a crosswalk.

      • Rosslyn Boom

        agreed. no sympathy for jaywalkers, AT ALL.

    • CarsSuck

      so, does that make it justifiabe homocide if you kill someone with a car and they were conveniently jaywalking? If I had any say in it, on movie nights, Lee Hwy would be closed on both sides for pedestrians and street vendors only.

      • Greg

        The answer to your question could very well be “yes”.

      • WTH?

        CarsSuck….we are all glad you have no say in it!

      • CW

        Homocide…that’s a hate crime…

    • Pedestrian

      Yeah, you’re definitely right..must have been the people using the crosswalks fault because no one ever drives carelessly or aggressively through Rosslyn!

  • Scott Sklar

    I am sorry to disagree, and I believe pedestrians generally have precedent over most things.. but I see pedestrians running across North Lynn Street in front of traffic all the time, and I find it hard to believe the drivers should be held responsible when going the speed limit, Many run across when the light is green right in front of cars. That’s why we have cross walks with “walk” signs to prevent people getting hurt.

  • Marie

    Please pray for this young man and his family. He was seriously injured and is currently in a coma.

    • Sherry

      Marie–do you have any more information about the victim? I’m afraid it may be a co-worker of mine…

  • Joe

    ACPD Cops, the time to act is BEFORE the accident happens. Try doing some unannounced traffic control in this area while the event is happening. Pull over reckless drivers, and actually STOP pedestrians from jaywalking.

    Yes, this necessitates missing the 9:30 PM 2-for-1 donut special at the 7-11 up the street. You might miss out on the coffee special at Corner Bakery. But you’ll have a safer populace–which is, you know, your job.

    • Joe is an idiot

      You really think your comment makes sense. I contently hear people complaining that all we do is give out traffic tickets. We can’t be every where all the time. Citizens have to protect themselves to. Too many pedestrians in this county think that they have the right of way no matter what, and that just isn’t the case. If you are crossing against the cross walk signal, the accident may be the pedestrians fault. I am not saying that is what happened in this case, but I see it all the time. People that sit in an office like you hate cops until you need them. You wouldn’t risk your precious life for a million dollars, and cops do it everyday for a lot less.

    • doodly

      Joe, you had a good point but you took it too far with your donut comment. The guy who was actually dumb enough to walk into traffic should get a share of the blame. If you want the cops to follow you around 24/7 and make sure you don’t do something stupid, that’s your problem.

  • Eyesofarl

    Joe, get a clue. The police can’t be everywhere. People do stupid things all the time. It happens and unfortunately terrible things happen to them. Blaming the police? They could bust people all the time for stuff and it won’t stop it. PD and FD in this area do a great job, and all the upper class crybabies in this county want to do is complain about it. Prevention early is never going to stop problems in such a transient area. But I am sure sitting at your desk pushing papers all day, you prevent things from happening to people.

    • TMP

      Only thing the organizers/police could have done was to erect temporary snow fencing or the like so people HAD to cross at the cross at the crosswalks. I don’t know the details as I wasn’t there, but if the pedestrian was walking through traffic in the dark, then the fault kind of seems to fall on him, not the driver, the organizers or the police.

      • CrystalMikey

        “but if the pedestrian was walking through traffic in the dark, then the fault kind of seems to fall on him, not the driver, the organizers or the police.”

        Exactly…

  • Webster

    Well I guess we can expect to see this stretch of Lee Highway reduced to one lane and 25 mph, maybe with a few speed bumps and roundabouts.

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