- The Washington Times - Monday, May 16, 2011

Fairfax County police on Monday were investigating a fatal accident in Dranesville that killed a 19-year-old Herndon man and put the 39-year-old motorist who struck him in the hospital.

Kyle Alec Rowley died at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Dranesville Manor Drive and Route 7, when he was hit by a 2005 Kia Amanti, Fairfax police spokesman Don Gotthardt said.

The driver of the Kia has not been identified.

Investigators said Monday that alcohol and speed have been tentatively eliminated as causes for the accident. Because he was hospitalized, crash reconstructors “have not even had the opportunity to speak to the driver,” Mr. Gotthardt said.

He said police are hoping to find witnesses who can provide accounts of the crash because it occurred in a “rather conspicuous place.”

Mr. Rowley’s 1999 Mazda 626 experienced mechanical issues and stopped in the right eastbound lane, Fairfax police said.

The young man turned on his flashing emergency signals and got out of the car, at which point the driver of the Kia traveling eastbound struck the car and then hit Mr. Rowley.

Mr. Rowley, of 1126 Stuart Hills Way, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver was taken to a local hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, Mr. Gotthardt said.

Mr. Gotthardt warned that drivers who encounter car trouble should get to safety as quickly as possible.

“If your car does happen to stop in the roadway, do what you can as quickly as you can to make it visible and get yourself out of harm’s way,” Mr. Gotthardt said.

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