Pedestrian fatally struck on Richmond Highway

A pedestrian died after being hit by a vehicle on Richmond Highway in the Huntington area on Thursday night, according to a tweet by the Fairfax Police.

Nelissa Alston, 51, died on the scene after being struck by a 2015 Lexus RC 350 in the southbound lanes in the 5900 block of Route 1 (see map) around 9:30 p.m.

Images of the crash scene posted to social media showed Alston was hit in front of the Ourisman Jeep Dodge Ram dealership. Police said that Alston was not in a crosswalk, and they don’t believe that excessive speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

The location of the crash, just south of the Capital Beltway interchange, is one of the widest sections of the highway. There are 11 lanes all the way across the road, including the two left turn lanes to get onto Fort Hunt Road. There is no sidewalk on the southbound side of roadway until past the Fort Hunt Road/Old Richmond Highway intersection.

Police say the striking vehicle stayed on the scene, and the driver is cooperating with investigators.

Police are asking anyone with information about the crash to contact their Crash Reconstruction Unit at 703-280-0543.

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