A Loudoun County man is behind bars after allegedly striking and killing a woman in Falls Church with a car he is believed to have stolen.
The Fairfax County Police Department says the woman, identified as 60-year-old Betty Ana Bernstein-Zabza, was struck shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday near Shreve Road and Hickory Street.
Detectives from the Fairfax County Crash Reconstruction Unit have preliminarily determined that Bernstein-Zabza, of Falls Church, was walking with a juvenile northbound on a pedestrian pathway adjacent to Shreve Road. The two reportedly entered a crosswalk that connected the pathway to a sidewalk when they were hit by a stolen 2013 Nissan Titan pickup truck.
Detectives believe the driver, David Alan Francis, 46, of South Riding, lost control of the truck, causing it to exit the roadway and hit Bernstein-Zabza and the juvenile.
Bernstein-Zabza was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead, according to authorities.
The juvenile was treated for minor injuries.
Francis ran from the scene but was arrested a short time later, according to the Fairfax County Police Department. Both speed and drugs appear to have been factors in the crash.
Francis was charged with one count of felony hit and run, and additional charges are anticipated. He was taken to the Fairfax Adult Detention Center, where he is being held without bond.
Detectives believe Francis may have been involved in additional crimes in Fairfax County and adjoining jurisdictions Saturday.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact the Crash Reconstruction Unit at 703-280-0543. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477). Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 if their information leads to an arrest.