Fatal Pedestrian Hit-and-Run Crash on Leesburg Pike

McLean Police District – Detectives from our Crash Reconstruction Unit are asking for the public’s assistance identifying a vehicle and driver involved in a crash that resulted in the death of a pedestrian, 72-year-old Chandra Bhandari, of Falls Church. Our officers responded to the report of an injured pedestrian on Leesburg Pike near I-495, shortly before 7 this morning. Bhandari was found near a crosswalk and was pronounced dead at the scene. Preliminarily, detectives believe Bhandari was crossing the on-ramp from eastbound Leesburg Pike to southbound I-495 between 6 and 6:30 a.m. and was hit by a vehicle. The motorist did not stop and drove away from the scene. Speed appears to be a factor for the driver. Neither alcohol nor drugs appear to be factors for Bhandari.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Crash Reconstruction Unit witness phone line: 703-280-0543. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by visiting http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org, or calling 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). They can also be sent in via text by texting “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES (274637). Text STOP to 274637 to cancel, or HELP to 274637 for help. Message and data rates may apply. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1000 if their information leads to an arrest.

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