Pedestrian killed on Route 1 in Lorton (updated)

Update on February 12: The victim has been identified by police as Patrick Crowley, 58.

For the third time in 2020 a pedestrian has been killed on Richmond Highway in Fairfax County.

A police spokeswoman said that an adult male was struck and killed by a 2012 Hyundai Elantra traveling northbound around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday near Giles Run Road in Lorton (see map).

The name of the victim has not been released yet because police are still working on notifying next of kin.

The Hyundai driver stayed on the scene, according to the spokeswoman. The victim was not in the crosswalk, according to the police. Crash reconstruction officers are investigating the collision, but at this point it’s unknown whether excessive speed was a factor or if alcohol played a role for the pedestrian, police said. Alcohol was not a factor for the driver.

The area of Tuesday’s crash is in an industrial and commercial area. Unlike the Route 1 corridor between Huntington and Fort Belvoir, it is not densely populated.

Tuesday’s death comes in the wake of two fatal pedestrian crashes on Richmond Highway in January. The first one happened on January 9 when a 51-year-old woman was struck in the Penn Daw area. Then on January 16 a 52-year-old man died after being hit near Fort Belvoir.

There have been four pedestrian deaths in Fairfax County already this year. There were 16 pedestrian fatalities in 2019 in the county.


  1. Dan Franklin
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