Police looking for suspect in fatal hit-and-run in Lorton

Man standing outside of vehicle on roadway
Image released by the Fairfax County Police Department.

Police are looking for the public’s help locating a “person of interest” in a hit-and-run crash in Lorton on Saturday that killed a pedestrian.

Joseph Lanza, 28, died after being struck by a car around 4:35 p.m. in the 10000 block of Old Colchester Road (see map). Police say a dark-colored sedan hit Lanza as he “approached the roadway.” The vehicle was last seen heading west on Old Colchester Road.

Lanza died of his injuries at an area hospital, police said.

On Sunday the police released the image above showing the suspected vehicle and driver. The car has a silver or gray hood and may be a Honda Prelude, police say. The police press release did not say where and when the picture was taken.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 703-280-0543 or 1-866-411-TIPS.

Lanza’s death marked the seventh pedestrian fatality in Fairfax County so far in 2020. There were 16 pedestrian fatalities across the county in 2019.

Lanza was one of two pedestrian fatalities in three days last week. A 33-year-old man died after being hit on Monument Drive in the Fair Lakes area on Thursday evening. An adult woman was also seriously injured on Friday afternoon after being hit on Backlick Road in Springfield.

Lanza is the second pedestrian killed in the Lorton area this year; 58-year-old Patrick Crowley was struck and killed on Richmond Highway near Giles Run Road on February 11.

Two people have also been killed in the Richmond Highway corridor between Huntington and Fort Belvoir. A 51-year-old woman was struck in the Penn Daw area. on January 9, and then on January 16 a 52-year-old man died after being hit near Fort Belvoir.