UPDATE (2): Fatal Hit and Run Near the Pentagon

by ARLnow.com July 10, 2012 at 7:01 am 8,908 31 Comments

(Updated at 4:30 p.m.) Arlington County Police are investigating a fatal hit and run accident near Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon.

Around 6:00 this morning, police say an adult male was struck by a vehicle on southbound Route 110 near the ramp to Washington Boulevard. A witness reported seeing a man’s body in the roadway and a vehicle stopped near it. When officers arrived, the vehicle was gone, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.

The victim has been identified as Robert Shepard, a 62-year-old military veteran from Lawrence, Mass. Police said Shepard had a history of mental illness and was reported “missing and endangered” by his girlfriend in Massachusetts about 2 weeks ago. He was wearing camouflage pants at the time of the accident, according to Sternbeck.

The force of the impact propelled the Shepard’s body about 60 feet from the point of collision, Sternbeck said. Investigators say they’re currently working several leads, including traffic camera video, to try to track down the striking vehicle.

Two lanes of Route 110 and the ramp to Washington Boulevard were closed immediately following the accident. Investigators remained on scene through the morning rush hour, causing significant backups on Route 110.


  • James Moron

    Me thinks he’s not going to get away with that for too terribly long considering the area.

  • The Dude

    if this was near the pentagon, hopefully they have cameras that can identify this person.

  • Southeast Ben

    Traffic was creeping this morning. Police tape had I-395S blocked off.

    There were evidence markers on the ground, but I couldn’t identify anything specific. I suspect this will be cleared soon.

    Sorry to hear about the pedestrian.

  • Ali

    It was by the cemetery, not the Pentagon. The body was still there when I drove by.

    • LolaMINI

      Same here, we got an unexpected glimpse as the investigators were lifting the blanket while we drove by. :-/ May the victim rest in peace.

  • Runaway Train

    cause there are no cameras near the Pentagon. Turn yourself in and not make a bad situation even worse.

  • JamesE

    Doesn’t even look near a crosswalk why run away, unless the driver was drunk at 6 am must have been a late night. [/internet detective mode]

    • HayDiosMio

      That’s what I was thinking.

      • blah

        or uninsured VA driver, or someone without proper immigration papers.

        • meh

          Or uninsured MD driver, uninsured DC driver, someone in a stolen car, someone with outstanding warrants, a panicky teenager…

          • AL

            No possibility of an uninsured Virginia driver? 😀

          • jackson

            (blah covered that)

  • onewheel

    would have been in that area this morning around that time but I was at work till late last night and had to be in early so decided to sleep in my office. That kind of damage to a car after hitting a person will be hard to conceal.

    • The Dude

      sleeping in the office…i know that game.

      • Taxpayer

        I don’t know that game, … but I’ve worked 36 hours straight without the chance of sleeping at work…gotta love the 5 sided hades!

  • Joan Fountain

    Texting SUV driver with MD plates, I’d wager.

    • LolaMINI

      Wow! Do you have a time machine so that you could witness it and come up with that accusation?

      • JamesE

        I agree, terribly ignorant statement to make. Everyone knows Maryland drivers don’t have to be texting to drive that poorly.

      • Joan Fountain

        “I’d wager” = speculation, not accusation.

    • chipotle_addict

      Nah, read the article.

      “He was wearing camouflage pants”

      Not the driver’s fault for hitting a basically invisible guy.

      • Here’s the answer

        “Hit and run” does not indicate fault. It is totally seperate from fault in an accident. If the person stays at the scene, they are likely not at fault in this case, as far as we can see from the photos and article information. But because they panicked and fled, they are in trouble.

  • YTK

    Terribly sad situation. I hope they catch the person who did it. Yes, must be alot of damage to that car – I’m sure body shops wll be alerted.
    May the victim rest in peace — my condolences to his family.

  • Mememe

    I drove by there today and having seen the white tarp but no car I thought someone had taken their own life or been shot by the police. Such a pity about the pedestrian, but given that there is no pedestrian area for hundreds of yards on that side of the road the man may have inadvertently committed suicide by walking into the road.

    Probably time for whoever hit him to realize they’re completely on camera and turn themselves in. If he was in the street or worse yet, darted into the street…then what choice did the driver have?
    If I’m on the jury and the guy wasn’t drunk then I’d let him go. You can’t walk ON Rt.110.

    • News of the World

      I predict some soccer mom will turn herself in, saying she drove away because she thought she’d only hit an animal.

    • Use The Internet

      Shot by police? What a conclusion to jump to! When was the last time someone in Arlington County was shot by police?

  • South Awwlington

    What kind of non-human leaves the scene of an accident like this? I don’t care why it happened or who is at fault. By leaving the scene of accident like this, you only ensure your villainization by society when the Police catch you. And they will.

    The fires in hell burn especially hot for those who show no compassion for their fellow human beings.

    • not your bro

      I don’t know about hell, but it sure burns hot on ArlNow . . . for pretty much anybody.

  • Francisco

    I hope they catch the person responsible. And put him away for the rest of his life. If this was an accident own up to it. Don’t be a coward and run like a child.

  • Blame the County Board

    It’s the County Board’s fault. If they had not spend millions on the oh-so-popular Long Bridge Park, people would not be rushing to that location. Shame on them.

    • Karl Rove

      If only there was a trolley down 110.

  • BrownFlipFlops

    Any update on this, such as, “the ACPD is seeking information on a grey/black/blue/red car/truck/SUV, possibly a Honda/Mercedes/Totyota …” or anything? Any leads?


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