Cyclist Fatally Struck on Arlington Boulevard
By Daniela Deane
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, October 2, 2006; 3:26 PM
A 50-year-old bicyclist was killed in pre-dawn darkness Monday morning after being struck by an SUV driven by an off-duty police officer, police said.
The fatal accident occurred on westbound Arlington Boulevard at the intersection of Annandale Road at around 5:15 a.m., according to a release issued by the Fairfax County Police Department.
"The bicyclist was on the median attempting to cross the westbound lanes of Arlington Boulevard when for unknown reasons he entered the vehicle's pathway and was struck," the release said. The victim was identified as Jose Maria Carranza Claros of 6822 Barrett Road in the Falls Church area of the county.
After being struck by the 2004 Toyota Highlander SUV, the cyclist was transported to Fairfax Inova Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the release said.
"The 36-year-old officer is a 12-year veteran of the force currently assigned to the Criminal Justice Academy," the release said. It did not identify the officer by name. It said alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash.