Detectives Investigate Fatal Hit and Run Crash in Reston
Reston Police District – Detectives from our Crash Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal hit and run crash that occurred Wednesday evening at the intersection of the Fairfax County Parkway and Walnut Branch Road in Reston. Officers responded just after 7:30 p.m. to the intersection after it was reported a SUV ran a red light striking a car.
Following the crash, the driver of the SUV was seen running from the scene. He was described as a Hispanic man, between 5 foot, 6 inches and six feet tall, heavy set and wearing a black short sleeve shirt over a white undershirt. He was also described as having a beard and shaggy hair. As officers arrived, they began an extensive search with the assistance of our K9 unit and helicopter. However, the suspect was not located.
According to a preliminary investigation, detectives determined that the driver of 2013 Volkswagen Passat was attempting to make a left turn from northbound Fairfax County Parkway onto Walnut Branch Road on a green arrow. The driver of a 2006 Chevrolet SUV was traveling southbound on Fairfax County Parkway, disregarded the red signal, proceeded through the intersection and struck the car.
The driver of the car, Andrew Willingham, 37, of Reston, was taken to a nearby hospital by Fairfax County Fire and Rescue personnel, where he was pronounced deceased.
Detectives believe speed may have been a factor in the crash and continue to investigate to determine if alcohol was also a factor for the driver of the SUV. Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors for the driver of the car.
If you have any information or witnessed this crash, please 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. Please leave contact information if you wish for a detective to contact you.
Victim specialists from our Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to ensure that the victim’s family is receiving appropriate resources and assistance.
This is the 9th non-pedestrian related fatality in the County to date in 2021. Year to date, there were 8 non-pedestrian related fatalities last year.
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