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Notes: Richmond Highway in Fairfax has second fatal pedestrian crash in 2023

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Two of Fairfax County’s three pedestrian fatalities so far this year have been on Richmond Highway just south of Alexandria, Patch first reported.

Police said Phillip Hester, 62, was killed on Friday at Richmond Highway and Anderson Lane near Fort Belvoir. Police said two southbound drivers struck Hester, one after the other. Hester was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hester’s death comes less than a month after another pedestrian was struck and killed on Richmond Highway in the Groveton area. Police said on March 30, a driver struck another vehicle, left the roadway, and struck and killed Alexandria resident Samantha Jennings-Jones, 36, on the sidewalk.

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