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Traffic Alert: New Braddock Rd. East Reopened

Updated, 10:12 a.m.: New Braddock Rd. has reopened.

Original Post: New Braddock Rd. East is closed between Rt. 28 and Singletons Way in Centreville as police investigate a reportedly fatal accident involving a pedestrian. The closure is slowing Northbound Rt. 28 from Yorkshire Lane.

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By Washington Post Editors  |  August 21, 2009; 10:13 AM ET
 
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Comments

Honestly, this doesn't surprise me. Centreville is the most pedestrian unfriendly place I have EVER seen. I can't tell you how many times i've been out running and someone almost runs me over when I have the right of way! A lot of times, I will point to the walk/don't walk sign, and the driver usually stares at me and gives me a dumbfounded look. This is horrible and needs to stop! This is so unsafe for people. I am sorry for whoever was killed; this should be a wake up call for all of the drivers in Centreville. PAY ATTENTION when you are at a stop light, making a left turn, making a right turn, or any other instance to avoid another tragedy like this.

Posted by: Scotty2987 | August 21, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Scotty: Before the driver is condemned, all the facts should come out. I live in the neighborhood off New Braddock and saw the scene this morning. The accident wasn't in the crosswalk. And in an article on another site, I read where the pedestrian wasn't using the crosswalk. It looked to me like they crossed about fifteen feet down New Braddock from the intersection.

The drivers aren't the only ones who need to pay attention. I walk around the area there quite a bit and am careful...but have seen many instances where pedestrians are not or do stupid things. They need to be aware as well. Sounds like a bad situation all around, but to automatically condemn the driver as the person at fault seems premature.

Posted by: jollyroger2 | August 21, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

To all posters ... just a word from someone who's life was turned upside down when my 20-year-old stepdaughter was killed in a pedestrian accident 18 months ago. Before you judge one way or the other, placing blame or assigning fault, please be sensitive to the family who has just lost a loved one. It does no good to place blame. It doesn't bring the family's loved one back and only serves to amplify an already unbearable situation.

It's easy to read an article and jump to conclusions when the person is only a name in the news ... but I assure you, those of us who carry the pain every day understand the magnitude of a loss like this that happens in an instant.

To family and friends: I wish you peace and hope you are able to find comfort with each other.

Posted by: grs4cmm | August 21, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

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