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Father Dies of Injuries from Rt. 1 Hit-and-Run on Richmond Highway

Friends, family mourn loss of Edin Ismeldo Cruz, 45, 'a beautiful person'

Edin Ismeldo Cruz, who was struck by a hit-and-run driver on Richmond Highway and Lockheed Boulevard the day after Thanksgiving, has died of his injuries, his family confirmed Sunday.

Police have said the driver of the vehicle, if caught, will most likely face felony vehicular manslaughter charges.

Cruz, 45, who left behind a 10 year-old daughter, Jennifer, was returning home Friday, Nov. 25, from , a restaurant located nearby that specializes in cuisine from his native land of Honduras. Although the restaurant advertises its hours as closing at 10 p.m. on weekdays, it was Thanksgiving Day. No one answered the restaurant phone on Sunday.

Cruz was on foot, returning to his home at Lafayette Apartments, which was within walking distance and where he lived with his sister, Placida, brother-in-law Efrain, and nephew, Efrain Jr.

At about 2 a.m., as Cruz crossed Route 1, he was hit in the intersection at Lockheed Boulevard by a northbound red SUV, possibly a late-model Jeep Cherokee. Police are analyzing bits of the car that were left behind. Police posted just north of the scene in hopes the public can help find the driver.

Police said according to witnesses, the driver hesitated at the scene but did not stop to render aid or report the incident to police. Cruz was medevaced to the hospital. He died Friday at 4:55 p.m., Dec. 2, at Inova Fairfax Hospital, in Falls Church, his brother-in-law said. 

On Sunday, friends and family were gathered at his home to remember a man they recalled as funny and kind, said his sister Placida. "He was just a beautiful person," said his brother-in-law. "He was funny," said his nephew. In addition to his 10-year-old daughter, Jennifer, of Fairfax County, Cruz also leaves his mother, who is hospitalized in Alto de Jesus, Honduras, Cruz's hometown.  

Cruz, a construction worker, was at the restaurant that night with his brother Adis, his sister said. They had planned to leave together but Cruz said he wanted to hurry up and get home because he needed to get some sleep before going to work the next day, his sister said on Sunday.

Cruz would have turned 46 in January.

The family said Sunday they were unsure about funeral arrangements but hoped to hold a service locally and bury Cruz in Honduras. Placida's boss has started a Web site to seek funds for anyone who can help with expenses.

Police said the driver of the SUV should contact police right away and can call "911" or any non-emergency police number for Fairfax County.

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

DAVE December 06, 2011 at 11:59 AM
I am very sad that this family has lost a husband, father and friend. My question has always been: how in the world do things like this happen? Was this a pedestrian who thought traffic was just going to stop for him? Was the driver of the SUV unsure of the pedestrian's intentions? I think we can all assume that the driver of the SUV had probably been drinking and that's why he left. Who had the right of way or signal. I see people everyday wander across Route 1 against the light who think traffic is just supposed to stop for them. It takes things like this to reinforce that we all need to obey the rules of the road and pedestrians need to realize that a 2 ton car doesn't stop on a dime and getting hit by one can really ruin your day.
Missy Bowling December 19, 2011 at 03:13 PM
Wow I'm shocked by your comment Dave! Someone dies and you immediately start blaming the pedestrian? You hardly said anything about how the person that killed this man haas yet to come forward. It doesnt matter if it was the pedestrians fault! You KILLED somone! Yes people on Rt. 1 definitely walk across it when they want but until you know what happened have a heart and dont blame someone who will never get the chance to tell his side!
Cathy Chavez January 07, 2012 at 10:18 PM
hi my name is cathy i knew cruz he was friends with my boyfriend im aware of that i usually would see him on route 1 by the sevn 11 never did talk much to cruz but he was very nice person he talked to my boyfriend and his friends they would drink and have a good time together i saw him once in a while...everytime me and my boyfriend were in alexandria...my boyfriend was his friend..i am alittle his friend like i said i didnt talk to him much...but i am aware of knowingg him and seeing him on route 1 and i am very sorry about his death...i hope whoever did this cruel thing will suffer in jail...yes we will all miss cruz he was a good friend....a good person...8(

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