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UPDATE: Police Put Up Electronic Billboard to Catch Hit-and-Run Driver

Billboard sits near scene of Hybla Valley hit-and-run that left local man in critical condition

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”

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, 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.

Monica Kelley December 03, 2011 at 04:55 PM
My son is in the hospital with this man. Please his family is so amazing and need help! Please I beg of you to please look deep in your heart and turn yourself in. This loved family man is dying ( as per his family) and let his family have the peace they need and your heart will be clear! If you know who did this please help this wonderful family and or the police you can stay anonymous PLEASE DO THE RIGHT THING!! This family is just heartbroken and needs help! Do not be a coward this person KNEW THEY HIT THIS MAN, They stopped looked and took off ( from what nephew said) so it is not like he thinks he hit a dog or deer this is a man, a family man, a human, a beloved son, brother, cousin, uncle, friend. Please help these wonderful people and at least give them peace...The State crime lab has a piece of the auto and it is at the state lab so better to turn yourself in ( or turn him in) then to have to be caught as it is just a matter of time!! THEY WILL HAVE YOU and it will be so much worse if you don't come forward!
Carmen December 03, 2011 at 06:17 PM
The hit and run on Richmond hwy Nov 25, 2011 was one of my employee’s family members her beloved brother we are all mourning over her loss the link in this post is to a donation page set up on the families behalf http://www.gofundme.com/avlls

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