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Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 10/15/2010

Manassas man struck, killed by truck in Va.

By Washington Post editors

UPDATE:

11:44 a.m.
Police have identified the man fatally struck by a pickup truck Friday morning as Miguel Zelaya-Jovel, 38, of Manassas.

-- Mary Pat Flaherty

Man struck, killed by truck in Va.
10:17 a.m.

A 38-year-old man was killed Friday morning when he was hit by a pickup truck as he headed to a commuter lot in Prince William County.

Police said the man was struck about 6:40 a.m. by a southbound pickup truck while crossing Dumfries Road near the Interstate 95 interchange. There is no crosswalk or other traffic control at that section of road, said Officer Jonathan Perok, a Prince William police spokesman.

The driver of the truck, 47, was not at fault, Perok said.

The victim's identity was withheld pending notification of relatives.

-- Mary Pat Flaherty

By Washington Post editors  | October 15, 2010; 10:17 AM ET
Categories:  Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  
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Comments

How is the driver not at fault? He hit and killed the person with his vehicle.

Posted by: janelkb | October 15, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Janelkb, have you ever heard of JAYWALKING? I am sorry that there was a death, however at 6:40 AM, it is still rather dark out and the pedestrian should have taken necessary precautions to avoid this tragic outcome.

Posted by: woostah | October 15, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Janelkb, have you ever heard of JAYWALKING? I am sorry that there was a death, however at 6:40 AM, it is still rather dark out and the pedestrian should have taken necessary precautions to avoid this tragic outcome.

Posted by: woostah | October 15, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

It takes two to tango. No pedestrian is wholly at fault when someone takes a 3-ton truck and rams it into him. Drivers need to be held accountable when they hit pedestrians. Why is it that the most vulnerable users of the road are always assumed to be at fault?

Posted by: ianbrettcooper | October 15, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

It takes two to tango. No pedestrian is wholly at fault when someone takes a 3-ton truck and rams it into him. Drivers need to be held accountable when they hit pedestrians. Why is it that the most vulnerable users of the road are always assumed to be at fault?

Posted by: ianbrettcooper | October 15, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

It takes two to tango. No pedestrian is wholly at fault when someone takes a 3-ton truck and rams it into him. Drivers need to be held accountable when they hit pedestrians. Why is it that the most vulnerable users of the road are always assumed to be at fault?

Posted by: ianbrettcooper | October 15, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

It takes two to tango. No pedestrian is wholly at fault when someone takes a 3-ton truck and rams it into him. Drivers need to be held accountable when they hit pedestrians. Why is it that the most vulnerable users of the road are always assumed to be at fault?

Posted by: ianbrettcooper | October 15, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

If the ped had been doing what he was supposed to be doing he wouldn't have gotten hit. You can't expect a driver to see everything in the dark and to drive everywhere like a ped is going to be in the road. I just hope the truck is OK.

Posted by: ronjaboy | October 15, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

janelkb has the typical attitude of a car-hating cyclist who does everything in its power to make life as miserable as possible for drivers. All pedestrians are saints and all drivers should be thrown into jail for life.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | October 15, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

"How is the driver not at fault?"

Well, for one, pedestrians aren't supposed to be in a road without a crosswalk or a traffic signal, at least. Secondly, a person can see a truck stop walking across a road a lot quicker than a driver of a truck can see a person and stop in the lane.

If you can't safely cross the road, you don't try.

Posted by: Irato | October 15, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

The driver is obviously not at fault because the accident occurred in Prince William County and victim's name was Miguel.

Pray for the victim, and pray for the driver. Don't excuse PWC's attitude, but pray for them too.

Posted by: rob47 | October 15, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

6:40 am - darker, this is a bad intersection and not one anyone should attempt to cross. I see a lot of close calls there. I am at that intersection on a regular basis and amazing how many people just run across, walk up the middle of 234 or Rt 1. Add darkness or early morning and it is a recipe for disaster.

Next time I am at that intersection, I will see if there are crossing lights but I do not think they are and if there are crossing lights, I can honestly state they are rarely used by pedestrians. I am there almost weekly and no matter what time of day, someone tries to cross that intersection. It is not one any one should attempt to cross.

Drivers need to be accountable yes, but with all the foolish things I see peds doing on the roads! Come on, we can only be so careful as drivers. Just yesterday I was coming home in the pouring rain from Lorton. Watched a guy dressed darkly walking up the middle of route 1 - up the middle yellow line. Visibility sucked, the road conditions were horrid and here is bozo...

Please, pedestrians, take care!!! Watched a high schooler get off her bus and stand in the MIDDLE of a busy street while talking to her friends. I had to wait for her to move her tail. Had I been coming around the corner, I would not have seen her. No cross walk either where she was, no stop sign, just her in the middle of the travel lane on a busy street, chatting.

No matter how careful we are as drivers, pedestrians must use some level of common sense too!

Posted by: Homemom | October 15, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to Virginia. Open season on pedestrians outside of crosswalks. The law clearly favors cars. What to do when a populated area like Route 7 Sterling has no crosswalks nor sidewalks?

Posted by: jercha | October 15, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Well, guy was crossing a major road in an area where there are no light or walks - up from where I originally thought. And yes, there is NOTHING there to aid a pedestrian and it is a MAJOR road. Though, not for up from there ARE lights and I think they are ped lights too. Now from Manassas... Was he dropped off there? If so, why could he not be dropped off closer to where he needed to be so he could safely get there?

I am sorry this happened but this is NOT a road people should try and cross at that point yet I see people try to quiet frequently.

Posted by: Homemom | October 15, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I hope the driver sues the deceased's estate for the damage to his truck.

Oh, and would you idiots please stop hitting the submit button over and over? Yes, I'm talking about you ianbrettcooper. There's no reason to post your message 4 times.

Posted by: IwanaGofishing | October 15, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Update from the local Manassas News

The man struck was a contractor working on the lights that will become the crosswalk.

Posted by: Homemom | October 19, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

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