Update to Fatal Pedestrian Hit and Run Crash

McLean Police District – The driver of a stolen truck is now facing additional charges related to the August 3 hit and run crash that killed 60-year-old Betty Ana Bernstein-Zabza, of Falls Church. On Monday, evidence was presented to a grand jury who indicted David Alan Francis, 46, of South Riding. Francis faces additional charges of felony homicide, felony hit and run, aggravated involuntary manslaughter, possession of schedule I/II narcotics and driving under the influence of drugs. Francis is currently being held at the Adult Detention Center without bond.


(Original release date: August 4, 2019)

Pedestrian Dies after Being Hit by Stolen Car

McLean Police District – A 60-year-old woman died as a result of injuries from a crash that occurred shortly before 3 p.m. yesterday near the intersection of Shreve Road and Hickory Street. Detectives from our Crash Reconstruction Unit have preliminarily determined that Betty Ana Bernstein-Zabza, of Falls Church, was walking with a juvenile northbound on a pedestrian pathway adjacent to Shreve Road. They entered a crosswalk that connected the pathway to a sidewalk when they were hit by a stolen 2013 Nissan Titan pickup truck. Detectives believe the driver, David Alan Francis, 46, of South Riding, lost control of the truck causing it to exit the roadway and hit Bernstein-Zabza and the juvenile. Bernstein-Zabza was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced deceased. The juvenile was treated for minor injuries. Francis ran from the scene but was arrested a short time later. He was not injured. Both speed and drugs appear to be factors. Francis was charged with one count of felony hit and run. He was taken to the Adult Detention Center where he is being held without bond. Additional charges are anticipated. Detectives believe Francis may have been involved in additional criminal events yesterday in both Fairfax County and adjoining jurisdictions.

Shreve Rd

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact our Crash Reconstruction Unit at 703-280-0543. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone -1-866-411-TIPS ( 866-411-8477 ), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web – Click HERE.  Download our Mobile tip411 App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers“.  Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest.

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