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Pedestrian killed crossing street in Dumfries this morning (VIDEO)

October 15, 2010 - 09:13 AM
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UPDATE, 1:37 p.m.: Potomac Local reports that another pedestrian was hit by a car at the same commuter lot this week and police did not make a report.

ORIGINAL: A 38-year-old man was hit by a car and killed around 6:40 a.m. this morning in Dumfries, Va. Police say Miguel Zelaya-Jovel, 38, of Manassas, was apparently trying to cross the street from a McDonald's on Dumfries Road to a commuter lot where there is no crosswalk.

According to Potomac Local, the man was stuck by a Dodge Ram, whose driver stayed on the scene, as well as an older-style box van, whose driver did not; the second driver may not have been aware he'd hit someone. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene.

ABC7's Ben Eisler, who filed the report above, says that Zelaya-Jovel was hit at high speed in the highway. Prince William County police spokesman Jonathan Perok told Eisler that "it's not uncommon to see pedestrians crossing [here], and at that time of the morning it will be dark out and people won't be paying attention." Perok added, "You just can't cross randomly in the middle of the road."

"I was shocked," said one witness. "I was just more surprised the car didn't see the pedestrian."

In an unrelated crash, another pedestrian was hit by a car four miles away at Waterway and Edgewood Drives. It was a low-speed crash inside a crosswalk and the victim was flown out with non-life-threatening injuries. Police say the driver in this case will be charged.

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