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Police: Pedestrian at Fault in Friday Crash

Woman was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries after incident at Gallows Road and Cottage Street.

A satellite view of the intersection at Gallows Road & Cottage Street in Vienna (courtesy of Google Maps).
A satellite view of the intersection at Gallows Road & Cottage Street in Vienna (courtesy of Google Maps).
Fairfax County police say a jogger was at fault in a car accident Friday morning that shut down part of Gallows Road.
The accident was reported to Fairfax County Police at 8:15 a.m., police spokesman Don Gotthardt told Patch on Friday.

An investigation later in the day determined the female victim was running in the area of Cottage Street and crossed Gallows Road against the crosswalk signal, Officer Eddy Azcarate told Patch. 

The victim was both conscious and alert following the accident. Police shut down Gallows Road as she was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The car remained on the scene following the accident, Gotthardt said.

No charges have been filed in the incident, Azcarate said.


Beau Dure August 03, 2013 at 11:23 AM
I've noticed walkers (and sometimes runners and cyclists) getting more and more brazen in crossing streets when they have no plausible claim to the right of way. I'm so grateful I saw someone out of the corner of my eye when I made a right turn onto Maple Avenue from a shopping center -- a pedestrian was just walking right across the street, 50 feet away from a crosswalk! She didn't even make an effort to make eye contact with me to let me know she was there. I've also seen a cyclist race across Maple on the W&OD Trail -- AFTER the light turned green for cars on Maple Avenue. He's lucky the drivers in all four lanes saw him. Even if you DO have the right of way, which was the case for the jogger running along Maple while I was watching traffic for an opportunity to turn right on red, you HAVE to make sure the driver sees you. Maybe "defensive sidewalking" should join "defensive driving" as a safety catch-phrase.
Concerned Trail User August 08, 2013 at 10:18 AM
I agree with the comment on walkers, joggers and cyclists becoming more brazen when crossing. I have seen cyclists going through stop signs and red lights without stopping or even slowing down. Walkers and joggers do not stop at cross walks to even see if traffic is close. People need to use some common sense. When you see cars turning don't step out into the crosswalk. As a child I learned to look left, right and left again before crossing a street.

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