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​Highway Accident Brief: Fatal Pedestrian Collision with Sport Utility Vehicle Alexandria, Virginia, August 30, 2016

Executive Summary

​About 6:17 a.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, a 2008 GMC Yukon sport utility vehicle (SUV), driven by a 69-year-old female, was traveling south in the left southwestbound lane of Richmond Highway (US Route 1) about 9 miles southwest of Alexandria, Virginia. A 56-yearold male pedestrian had walked into the southwestbound lanes from the northwest side of the highway. The pedestrian continued to walk south in the left lane for a short distance until the right front of the SUV struck him, causing fatal injuries. The driver told responding police officers that she did not see the pedestrian until it was too late. Investigators found no evidence of preimpact braking and no postimpact skid marks. The area of impact was 100 feet southwest of the intersection of Richmond Highway and Gregory Drive.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the crash outside Alexandria, Virginia, was the pedestrian’s decision to walk in the travel lane of a multilane arterial roadway, in low-light conditions, outside the crosswalk. Contributing to his poor decision-making was impairment from alcohol intoxication.

Accident Location: Alexandria , VA USA  
Accident Date: 8/30/2016
Accident ID: HWY16SH025, DCA15SS005

Date Adopted: 7/31/2018
NTSB Number: HAB1808
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