UPDATE: This just in from Fairfax County Police: The electronic sign is operational from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. each day. The sign shuts down for a few hours each day to recharge.
"This allows us to hit both the morning and evening rush hours, and also keeps the board active around the timeframe when the crash took place," said Lt. Michael Wall, assistant commander of the Mt. Vernon District station. "The downtime to recharge allows us to leave the signboard in place for a longer period of time."
The sign rotates through four messages:
- “Police looking for information”
- “Hit & run crash on FRI 11/25”
- “Please call”
- “Crimesolvers 866-411-TIPS”
, Fairfax County Police have erected an electronic billboard along Route 1 in efforts to find the driver of a red SUV that , then fled, leaving him in critical condition. The man, 45, was medevaced from the scene.
As of Thursday afternoon though, no message could be seen on the screen. It's expected it will soon be flashing a message to motorists and pedestrians with information about the incident, seeking help in finding the driver who fled the scene.
The incident occurred on Friday, Nov. 25, just after 2 a.m., the day after Thanksgiving. Police said they believe the car that hit the man was a red SUV, possibly a Jeep Cherokee. The victim was crossing Route 1 from the east side to the west side.
On Thursday afternoon, the billboard was set up just north of the intersection of Route 1 and Lockheed Boulevard (which turns into Dart Drive on the east side), on the side of the road along Route 1. The SUV was traveling north on Friday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers at 1 (866) 411-TIPS/8477, text "TIP187" plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at (703) 691-2131.