A pedestrian was fatally struck by a car while he apparently fled a hit-and-run accident Tuesday evening near a community college in Sterling, according to the Loudoun County sheriff’s office.
Twelve minutes before the victim was hit, authorities said, they responded to a report that a moving vehicle crashed into a parked one near the intersection of Cascades Parkway and Potomac View Road. They discovered a Honda with no one in it and noticed two sets of footprints heading away from the scene, according to the sheriff’s office.
A search led deputies less than a mile away to the area of Route 7, where authorities believe the man was struck and killed at about 6:27 p.m. by a 2005 Honda Pilot heading west in the center lane. The sheriff’s office said the victim was trying to cross Route 7 at Campus Drive, an intersection that borders the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
The sheriff’s office did not immediately release the man’s name pending confirmation of his identity and notification of his family.
The victim was accompanied by another pedestrian, who fled the second incident and had not been located as of early Wednesday afternoon, according to the sheriff’s office. It is unknown at this time whether the second pedestrian was hit or injured, said Liz Mills, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.
The driver of the 2005 Honda Pilot, a 41-year-old Ashburn man, was not injured, according to the sheriff’s office. Multiple witnesses told authorities the driver had a green light, and Mills said he likely will not face any charges.
Mills said the sheriff’s office does not know at this time why the man who was struck fled the hit-and-run crash, which involved a Honda Civic and Pontiac Grand Prix. Authorities found the owner of the Honda Civic at his or her home and concluded he or she was not involved in the crash, according to the sheriff’s office.
The second incident shut down westbound Route 7, a busy commuter passage, while authorities investigated during rush hour Tuesday evening.