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Police: 19-year-old charged for fatal hit-and-run crash in Alexandria involving pedestrian

Police say the woman was crossing just outside of a crosswalk in a dimly lit area when she was struck.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Editor's note: The above video is from October 15, 2021.

A 19-year-old has been charged after fatally striking a pedestrian with a car and leaving the scene in Alexandria.

Fairfax County Police Department officers were called to the 5600 block of Richmond Highway in the Fairfax County section of Alexandria around 11:20 p.m. 

Police say a woman, 56-year-old Doris Anita McPhail, was walking just outside a crosswalk in a dimly lit area when she was hit by a car in the left lane of the road. McPhail was taken to a hospital for help but died from her injuries.  

While officers were investigating the crash, the driver called 911 and notified dispatchers of their role in the incident. 

The driver, identified as Diego Gomez, of Maryland, turned himself in on July 7 at the Adult Detention Center, according to police. 

Through an investigation, it was determined that Gomez was traveling south on Richmond Highway, struck McPhail in the roadway and left the scene without rendering aid.

Police said warrants were served to Gomez for felony hit and run and driving without a license. 

Roads in the area were closed for several hours overnight for the crash investigation, but roads have since reopened, police said. 

Investigators report McPhail is the 11th pedestrian-related death in the county so far this year.

Anyone with information about this case should contact Fairfax County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.

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