Halloween proved to be more than just a spooky night for one youth trick-or-treating on the holiday. An 8-year-old boy was injured after being struck by a car while crossing a neighborhood street with a 15-year-old in Alexandria on October 31. This recent incident shows the risk that children face of being involved in a Virginia pedestrian accident within their own neighborhoods.
According to police reports, the car vs. pedestrian accident happened around 7:00 p.m. outside the Washington, D.C., area. The boy apparently was crossing at the intersection of Russell Road and Aspen Road, Alexandria police spokeswoman Ashley Hildebrandt stated. The young child was taken to Children’s National Medical Center in stable condition after the collision.
Conflicting news stories reported differing accounts of the driver’s actions after the collision. One news report stated that the driver stopped to ask if the boy was okay and then called police after bystanders said that everything was ‘good.’ However, a different account of the incident stated that the driver, a Papa John’s Pizza delivery man, initially left the scene, but returned to the scene before contacting police within 10 minutes of the accident. The driver was then taken into police custody. At the time, police had not formally charged the driver involved in the accident.
Some reported neighborhood residents commented on the pedestrian accident, stating that the street corner does have a crosswalk that is often ignored, and that drivers often speed on Russell Road and through the aforementioned intersection.
No matter what the details of the accident prove to be, one fact remains true. Halloween is a dangerous time for young pedestrians celebrating the holiday. The combination of the lack of daylight, crowds of small children in disguising costumes, and the excitement that sends kids running across streets to collect free candy, increases the chance that a pedestrian accident involving a young child will happen. It is important for motorists to pay extremely close attention to what’s going on around them on nights such as Halloween. Doing so may prevent other accidents— like this unfortunate pedestrian accident in Alexandria—from happening.
At Lewis & Tompkins, we’d like to extend our thoughts to the little boy who was injured in this accident, as we hope for his full and speedy recovery.