Update, 10:52 a.m.:
A Fairfax County teenager was fatally struck in a hit and run collision while walking on Interstate 66 early Tuesday morning, and police are investigating the incident as a suicide, authorities said.
Around 4:40 a.m., Virginia State Police received a report that a man was walking on the right shoulder of the eastbound lanes of I-66 in Fairfax County. Troopers were en route to the location where the pedestrian was sighted when they received a call that he had been struck.
The man, identified as a 17-year-old from Fairfax County, was found dead on the right shoulder of I-66 East, near the 57 mile marker. Investigators said he was likely struck in the right lane and his body landed on the shoulder. Police believe the victim intentionally stepped into traffic on the roadway.
Authorities are still looking for the driver of the striking vehicle, who left the scene after hitting the teen. Police don’t have a description of the vehicle and ask that anyone who may have seen it to call 703-803-0026.
The incident also wreaked havoc on the morning commute, closing multiple eastbound lanes of I-66 for about five hours. At their worst, delays extended about 15 miles. All lanes reopened around 10 a.m.
Update, 10:16 a.m.:
All eastbound lanes of I-66 at U.S. 50 have reopened.
Update, 8:54 a.m.:
Delays remain on eastbound Interstate 66 five hours after a man was struck and killed on the roadway.
Police activity is still blocking the two right lanes of I-66 at U.S. 50, and police expect to remain on the scene through the morning rush hour.
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Update, 7:27 a.m.: The fatal pedestrian crash on I-66 at U.S. 50 is being investigated as a hit and run, and police are looking for the vehicle.
Virginia State Police received a report around 4:40 a.m. that a man was walking on the right shoulder of the eastbound lanes of I-66 in Fairfax County. Troopers were en route to the location where the pedestrian was sighted when they received a call that he had been struck.
The man was found dead in the right shoulder of I-66 East, near the 57 mile marker. Investigators said the man was likely struck in the right lane and his body landed on the shoulder.
The victim’s identity has not been released, pending notification of next of kin. Police have not released any identifying information about the striking vehicle. Anyone who may have seen the pedestrian or the striking vehicle can call Virginia State Police at 703-803-0026.
One right lane remains closed due to the crash investigation, but delays continue for several miles on eastbound I-66.
Update, 6:33 a.m.: Two eastbound lanes are now open on I-66 at U.S. 50, but major delays remain in the area after a fatal pedestrian crash. Traffic is getting by in the two left lanes; the right lanes remain closed. Delays extend about 10 miles.
Original post, 5:56 a.m.
A pedestrian was struck and killed on Interstate 66 at U.S. 50, authorities in Fairfax County said early Tuesday.
The fatal crash happened around 5 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-66, fire and rescue officials said. Only the left lane is getting by and there is a heavy police presence in the area. Delays extend about five miles.
No information was immediately available about what caused the accident or why the pedestrian was in the roadway. Virginia State Police are investigating the incident.