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Highway Accident Brief: Fatal Pedestrian Collision with Sport Utility Vehicle Falls Church, Virginia, May 18, 2016

Executive Summary

​About 3:40 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, a 2012 Jeep Wrangler sport utility vehicle (SUV) was making a left turn from the left-turn lane on southbound Glen Carlyn Drive onto eastbound Leesburg Pike (State Route 7) in Falls Church, Virginia. The SUV had a green left-turn arrow and was the first vehicle in a queue. As the 51-year-old male driver turned, a 71-year-old male pedestrian tried to cross Leesburg Pike from south to north, in front of the turning vehicle. According to a witness, the pedestrian was outside the crosswalk, the traffic signal facing him was red, and the pedestrian control signal indicated not to walk.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the crash in Falls Church, Virginia, was a combination of the pedestrian’s attempt to cross a busy multilane arterial roadway outside the crosswalk, while the pedestrian control signal indicated not to walk, and the driver’s failure, while executing a left turn, to enter the leftmost lane of the roadway being entered.

Accident Location: Falls Church , VA USA  
Accident Date: 5/18/2016
Accident ID: HWY16SH012, DCA15SS005

Date Adopted: 7/13/2018
NTSB Number: HAB1807
NTIS Number:  

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