Photograph of pickup truck of same make and model as vehicle involved in crash.

​Photograph of pickup truck of same make and model as vehicle involved in crash.

Fatal Pedestrian Collision with Pickup Truck

What Happened

​​About 10:18 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2016, a 2006 Ford F-250 super-duty cab pickup truck occupied by a 46-year-old male driver and a female passenger was southbound on Graham Road (State Route 1720) in Falls Church, Virginia, south of the intersection of Graham Road and Arlington Boulevard (State Route 50). The pickup was in the left lane nearest Graham Road’s median divider. As the pickup approached the midblock pedestrian crosswalk, which had no traffic signal, two male pedestrians in the crosswalk ran across Graham Road (from east to west) in front of the oncoming vehicle. Although the driver braked hard, the pickup struck one of the pedestrians, throwing him forward of the vehicle. The 53-year-old pedestrian slid along the pavement about 20 feet before coming to final rest. The vehicle came to a controlled stop straddling the crosswalk. The pedestrian was transported by ambulance to Fairfax Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The temperature at the time of the crash was 75°F, winds were from the south-southeast at about 6 mph, and skies were overcast. Civil twilight was at 9:01 p.m. The moon was a waning crescent, zero percent illuminated. 

What We Found

We determined that the probable cause of the crash in Falls Church, Virginia, was the pedestrian’s decision to run across the multilane roadway in front of the oncoming car. Contributing to his poor decision-making was impairment from the effects of alcohol intoxication and recent use of cocaine.​