Man Dies After Being Struck by a Car in Springfield

The man was crossing Old Keene Mill Road outside of the crosswalk when he was hit.

A 74-year-old man died Sunday after being struck by a car in Springfield. Patch file photo.
A 74-year-old man died Sunday after being struck by a car in Springfield. Patch file photo.
A man died on Sunday after being struck by a car in Springfield.

Thomas Sullivan, 74, was walking south across the eastbound lanes of Old Keene Mill Road shortly after 8 a.m. on Jan. 19 when he was struck by a 2008 Mazda 323. The Mazda was headed southbound on Greeley Boulevard and made a left turn on a green light onto eastbound Old Keene Mill Road. 

Sullivan, according to police, was not in a crosswalk. The Mazda struck Sullivan while in the left lane. Sullivan was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Don Gotthardt, public information officer for Fairfax County Police Department, confirmed the incident was not a hit and run. Speed and alcohol are not considered factors in the crash.

The 80-year-old Mazda driver, who police have identified but whose name was not released, has not been charged. It appears the driver was not at fault, but Gotthardt said the incident is still under investigation.   

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

Barbara January 22, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Was this Dr. Sullivan?
Sherell Williams (Editor) January 22, 2014 at 11:02 AM
Hi Barbara, thanks for your question. I haven't received official confirmation on this, but I believe it was.
Barbara January 22, 2014 at 11:42 AM
yes, I just read the obit. What a tragedy! While I never met him, I knew of him by reputation. And I passed his house frequently, as I live in his neighborhood. These pedestrian accidents seem to be increasing...sad and scary.
keith mahone January 22, 2014 at 01:48 PM
Fairfax County is not pedestrian friendly. It behooves us all to be extremely careful.
Shawnee Ryan January 23, 2014 at 07:39 AM
Both Dr. Thomas and his son, Dr. Brendan, have cared for my kids over the years. What a tragic loss.


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