Pedestrian, Falls Church Man, Dies After He Is Struck by Car in Merrifield

Leroy Jewell was crossing from the west side of Gallows Road to Belleforest Drive.

Leroy Jewell was struck by a car while walking from Gallows Road to Belleforest Drive. Google map
Leroy Jewell was struck by a car while walking from Gallows Road to Belleforest Drive. Google map

A Falls Church man, Leroy Jewell, died Wednesday after he was struck by a car.

Around 7 a.m., on Wednesday, Jewell was attempting to cross from the west-side of Gallows Road to the east-side at Belleforest Drive when he was struck by a 2010 Toyota Corolla in the roadway. 

The area is close to the Dunn Loring Merrifield metro station.

The driver of the Corolla remained at the scene. Jewell was transported to a local hospital where he died, according to Fairfax County Police.

The crash remains under investigation but speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors.

John Strother March 14, 2014 at 12:55 AM
Just because someone is in a cross walk does not mean they have the right of way. One is not suppose to try and use a cross walk when traffic is present, they are not allow to force a driver to stop for them. They are not suppose to imped traffic. Being in a cross walk does not protect nor give a walker the right of way, unless they are crossing with the light.
Sofia March 14, 2014 at 09:00 AM
You seem to be assuming the pedestrian was at fault. Actually, the law regarding pedestrians in crosswalks is far more complicated than the "supposed to"s you listed. In most circumstances, the onus is on the driver to stop for the pedestrian, and in all circumstances, to yield, even if the pedestrian crossed disregarded traffic. I encourrage everyone to read up on Virginia law, regarding the matter.


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