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Posted at 10:33 PM ET, 02/21/2011

Pedestrian, 19, fatally struck in Loudoun

By Washington Post editors

A 19-year-old Leesburg man was killed early Sunday when he was struck by three vehicles as he apparently walked along Route 7, the Loudoun County sheriff's office said.

Deputies responded to the area of Route 7 and Janelia Farm Boulevard shortly after 12:30 a.m. Sunday and found Anil Pawar dead at the scene. Authorities said Pawar apparently was in a westbound lane of Route 7 when he was struck by three vehicles heading west.

The westbound lanes of Route 7 were closed for several hours as an accident reconstruction team investigated. The investigation continues.

By Washington Post editors  | February 21, 2011; 10:33 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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3 vehicles? Bit more information please.

Posted by: randysbailin | February 22, 2011 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Time and time again it baffles me as to why people are WALKING at NIGHT on highways--nonetheless walking down the road itself in the lanes designed for vehicles. Being that I am relatively new to this area, having heard of so many people being killed while taking a midnight stroll down the interstate angers me more on how stupid the human being can be.

Posted by: wranglerguy | February 22, 2011 8:27 AM | Report abuse

It's a sad thought, but I wonder if the young man was trying to commit suicide. I can't think of any other reason, aside from intoxication, that a person would stroll down an actual travel lane of an interstate in the dark. Condolences to his family.

Posted by: CatLady5 | February 22, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Suicide by motorists ...

Posted by: jismquiff | February 22, 2011 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Time and time again it baffles me as to why people assume that everyone has a car or that pedestrians should not walk at night. This is America Land of the Free. I see girls riding their bikes on the narrow gutter on Route 7 Dulles Town Center because there are no sidewalks and no shoulder.

Posted by: jercha | February 22, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, jercha.

While it's true that many pedestrians do not realize how difficult it is for drivers to spot them and adequately brake for them at night (due to darkness, high vehicle speed, glare, precipitation, low contrast, etc.), it's far too easy to blame the ped (or cyclist) and let motorists and transportation planners et al. off the hook.

While the pedestrian may have demonstrated some misjudgements or even recklessness here, calling this a "suicide" is offensive. Most people who seek to kill themselves by blunt force impact don't opt for this method, with good reason.

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | February 22, 2011 12:08 PM | Report abuse

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