A pedestrian was killed Sunday night in Arlington when he was struck by a vehicle that didn’t stop at a traffic signal that was out.
Jose Enrique recounted to friends of the victim the tragic scene he witnessed when he saw the fatal crash.
Enrique says he was standing under a tree nearby and saw his friend, a man he knows as Francisco, walking in the crosswalk. And at the same time a car came through.
The traffic light and all other lights were out and a tree makes it even darker. A woman in a grey car came speeding and didn't stop. She hit Francisco, he says, and he landed on the sidewalk and hit his head on a metal trash can.
The driver stopped and remained on the scene until police arrived. But the victim died a short time later at a local hospital.
"He was my friend” one man says. "We would meet here everyday and talk. He is from my country."
Most everyone who gathers to eat from a nearby lunch truck on Columbia Pike knew Francisco. They say he had a wife and a small child. Police have not positively identified him yet.
Meanwhile, Dominion electric crews were in the area Monday. Some traffic lights on Columbia Pike are still out and motorists and pedestrians passed through the intersections cautiously.
“I was trying to cross and all the lights were out and people were honking,” says pedestrian Kimberly Mitchell. “I had to go to the middle and hope that people would let me go through it was dangerous.”