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Posted at 3:24 PM ET, 10/15/2010

Open season on pedestrians?

By David Alpert

In Prince William County, apparently it's completely legal to kill any pedestrian, anytime, if they are in the road but not in a crosswalk. All you have to do is not drive away afterward and be sober.

This morning, a pickup truck driver and possibly also the driver of another box truck hit and killed a man crossing Virginia Route 234 near US-1 in Dumfries.

We don't know all the details. Did the man suddenly run out in front of the truck, or was he crossing at a place where there is poor visibility? It's early in the morning, so maybe the sun was in his eyes. Maybe the pickup truck driver couldn't have avoided the crash.

[Continue reading David Alpert's post here on Greater Greater Washington.]

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By David Alpert  | October 15, 2010; 3:24 PM ET
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Virginia, traffic, transportation  
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Comments

Who appointed you judge and jury about everything that moves. Unfortunately people walk in front of cars. Get over it. By the way not everyone wants to live in a "Liveable Community." It's boring. Get a life and quit trying to tell everyone else how to live.I don't think Jane Jacobs would think "Smart Growth" is so smart which includes you.

Posted by: xcel2 | October 15, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

This is truly one of the stupidest, most deliberately ignorant columns I've read yet from Alpert. He completely blurs the distinction between accident and murder. He is really so stupid to believe that the police would not arrest somebody who deliberately guns their car to kill a pedestrian? Is he really that ignorant?

Frankly, this column doesn't meet the standards of a middle school newsletter, and I'm surprised that the Post allowed it to be published on its website. But it does have the laudable purpose of completely undermining anything else that the car-hating Alpert says. You could never take him seriously again.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | October 16, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

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