Detectives from the Traffic Division’s Crash Reconstruction Unit continue their investigation into the fatal pedestrian crash that involved a police cruiser on Saturday, April 2. Detectives are still awaiting the autopsy report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Officer Salino, a two-year veteran of the police department assigned to the Franconia District Station, was operating the cruiser involved in the crash. He remains on an administrative assignment.
We will continue to provide updates as the investigation progresses in order to keep you, our community, informed. Anyone with information about this crash or may have been a witness to it is asked to contact Fairfax County Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call us directly at 703-691-2131.
(April 3, 2016) UPDATE: Fatal Crash; Next of Kin Notified
An officer was involved in a fatal pedestrian crash on Saturday, April 2 around 11 p.m. An investigation determined the officer was traveling northbound on Beulah Street near Old Beulah Street; the traffic signal was green. As he approached the intersection, a 26-year-old man stepped into the roadway, against the green light. Unable to avoid a collision, the police cruiser struck the pedestrian.
The officer immediately stopped, reported the incident to dispatch and requested an ambulance to respond. The man was transported to the Inova Franconia-Springfield HealthPlex with life-threatening injuries. He succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 11:44 p.m. The officer did not require medical attention.
Police supervisors, detectives from the Crash Reconstruction Unit, Internal Affairs Bureau and the Criminal Investigation Bureau responded and are conducting a thorough investigation. The investigation will determine whether factors such as speed or alcohol contributed to the crash, fault and if charges are appropriate.