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Teen hit by car in Va. dies

A 15-year-old Centreville area boy died Sunday after he was hit by a car Saturday night, Fairfax County police said.

A 44-year-old man driving a Toyota FJ Cruiser was traveling north on Pleasant Valley Road near Smithhaven Place about 8:10 p.m. Saturday when he saw a vehicle in front of him make an abrupt u-turn and stop in the road, police said.

The man then “felt an impact” and stopped his vehicle, according to police, discovering that he had struck the teen. The teen had been sitting in the roadway, police said; investigators determined that he appeared to have been running in and out of traffic before he was hit.

The teen was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he died from his injuries about 9:20 p.m.

Police have not identified the or the driver of the Toyota.

-- David P. Marino-Nachison

By Washington Post Editors  | September 27, 2010; 11:55 AM ET
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison, Fairfax, Traffic Accidents  
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Only extreme defensive driving may have helped here. Car #2 would have had to do the same as car #1 to avoid the young man. Sad thing when teens pout and act like toddlers. I pray for the parents and for the drivers of both cars!

Posted by: Ross65 | September 27, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

This is indeed another tragedy for all the former and current students of Westfield High School. Can anyone intervene in this community that has such an obviously high level of parental irresponsibility ? Is there no community awareness ? Where is the will to care for and guide these dear children through their adolescence ? Westfield High School is accumulating a long list of serious crimes (mass murder & heroin use, distribution and overdose fatalities) sexual voyuerism and, tragic motor vehicle fatalities. The parents of these children have skipped out.
The Post would be well advised to take another hard look at this troubled affluent western Fairfax County community where the parents have abdicated all responsibility.

Posted by: Responsiblecitizen2 | September 27, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

This is in response to the idiotic post written by responsiblecitizen2. A young kid has just lost his life and you start pointing fingers and blaming the entire community?? How do you know the parents have skipped out on them?? Get off your high horse!!!!

Posted by: patddash | September 27, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Btw..My deepest condolences to the family, this was a terrible tragedy.

Posted by: patddash | September 27, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I take offense to Responsiblecitizen2's comment not on the grounds of holding parents more accountable (which they should be) but that he called Centreville "affluent".

As a former resident of Great Falls, I know what affluence is. It is not Centreville.

(Before you start Wikipediaing income stats, remember secondary sources of income - though I suppose that that could be a boon in Centreville's case, what with the heroin trafficking.)

Posted by: oliverswordhands | September 27, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

This is in response to "Responsiblecitizen2"

Your comments are highly offensive to say the least....I strongly suggest to take a hard look at yourself and stop playing the "blaming game" Shame on YOU! It seems you have nothing better to do than just pass judgment....Your day will come, and God will not have forgiveness and compassion for you, because you have none...

A family just lost his kid and the only thing that occurs in to your "insignificant" brain is to belittle a whole community...We don't need people like YOU to "offer any solutions to problems that you will never experience". Get off your high horse!!!!

Westfield is a great school that happens to have suffer serious setbacks....but fortunate to have a very involved principal, teachers and dedicated parents.

My deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family and community. We all are praying for you...and by the way, Centreville is not an affluent area. It has its pockets of wealth--it is not Potomac or Great Falls.

Posted by: rm1024 | September 27, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

This is in response to the two earlier comments from Ebola_22039 and Responsiblecitzen2. First of all... a family just lost a child, classmates lost a friend teachers lost a student. Does giving people time to mourn not apply in your little brains? And who gives you the right to pass judgment on a family, community and school. Not even GOD passes judgment as you have.

Since this accident occurred, I've been thinking none stop about this poor family and what they are going through and it brings me to tears. Stop and think how you would feel before posting such idiotic comments. Please let the family, friends and community mourn in peace.

Also, I assure you as a member of the Westfield community - my family is far from affluent. We are a normal suburban family in a normal suburban community.

To the family - My deepest and heartfelt condolences.

Posted by: kt936 | September 27, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

I made no comments on the financial status of the Westfield community which probably mimics most of FXCO with a mix of incomes. However, it is hard to argue that the incidence of these events seems a lot higher than schools of similar size like Robinson and Centreville.

The larger story here is really how such a large number of kids are out of control and engaged in risky behavior which makes me wonder where are the parents in this? Do you have your heads in the sand? What is more important than setting standards for personal conduct and establishing consequences when the standards are violated. Heroin is not a gateway drug and based on past experience with teenagers at Jiffy Lube I doubt that this was the first time that Bo was drinking to excess. Frankly, I don't think that responsible parents would let their teenagers attend shows at Jiffy Lube unsupervised knowing the complete abdication by anyone in a position of authority to control drinking in the parking lots.

Posted by: Ebola_22039 | September 27, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

May this child's soul rest in peace and may God be with his parents as they survive this ordeal. Parents are not supposed to bury their children. What a terrible tragedy. What a huge loss to our Virginia Run community. I am truly saddened by this.

Posted by: wpanwar | September 28, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Why must the initial response always be to blame the parents? Don't you remember all the stupid crap you did as a kid? Was there really anything your parents could have done to stop you? If you had succeeded in getting yourself killed foolishly, and you probably came pretty darn close sometimes whether you want to admit it or not, would you have wanted your parents to be the fall guys? Kids do stupid things, this is not a new development.

Posted by: letsbehonest1 | September 28, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

As a member of the Westfield community please recognize that a family and community have lost a young person for reasons that are not quite clear yet. Don't cast stones but allow people to mourn. Westfield is a large, middle class community and it has certainly had its extremely hard times and left scars on many in its wake. However, with a school population of nearly 3000 you cannot put the entire community into one block as terrible parents. There are many wonderful students that are successful products of a terrific upbringing and a quality education. May everyone find the strength they need to cope with yet another loss. Thoughts are with the family.

Posted by: Responsibleparent | September 28, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes bad things happen to good people. This is truly a tragedy.
In response to some of the outraging things said early....
All the should of , could of, would of and what if. .. Well, my aren’t we are all experts now.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we were all perfect . My kids didn’t come with a handbook. I just did my best.
Everyone makes mistakes – but, most of our mistakes don’t have a tragic ending like this.
For those of you have not raised a teenager you have no right to criticize, you have no idea what you are talking about.
Now Stop trying to find someone to blame – because our entire society is at fault.
What needs to be done now is for everyone to shut up and step up - get involved – “ it’s none of my business” is a cop out, volunteer, be a mentor, teacher, leader, role model….etc. If you don’t know what to do try Google I’m sure there will be something listed that you can do.
Criticism and Blame do not help – Try support and understanding that helps.. A good start would be by being kind to one another.
Our Teens are in danger every day. If you don’t believe that you are in a dream world - WAKE UP and Step up by making a change.

Posted by: justamom4 | September 28, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

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