FABB extends its sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Fatima Del Carmen Alvarez Romero, the bicyclist killed on June 3, 2021. According to the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD), Ms. Alvarez Romero was riding her bike east in the crosswalk to cross Telegraph Road on the south side of the Franconia Road intersection when she was hit by the driver of a 2020 GMC Savanna traveling north on Telegraph. Ms. Alvarez Romero, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation remains active and details of the investigation will be presented to the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for review.
The Alvarez Romero family has established a GoFundMe page to help cover the tragically unexpected costs of a funeral. You can donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/fatima-alvarezs-funeral-arrangements?utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link_all&utm_source=customer
Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact the FCPD Crash Reconstruction Unit at 703-280-0543. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone by dialing 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477 ), by texting “FCCS” plus “tip” to 847411, and by web at https://www.tip411.com/tips/.
Just hours after Ms. Romero was killed, a pedestrian was hit and killed by a driver at the nearby intersection of South Kings Highway and Southgate Drive. These deaths come just two weeks after the death of bicyclist Raymond Buza, who was killed by a driver in Centreville.
Fairfax County is one of the only jurisdictions in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area that has not adopted Vision Zero, a set of policies designed to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, and equitable mobility for all. FABB calls on Fairfax County to join its neighboring jurisdictions in adopting Vision Zero and acknowledging that the injuries and deaths of vulnerable road users are preventable.