Driver Charged in Death of Pedestrian

Driver Charged in Death of Pedestrian

Detectives from Fairfax County Crash Reconstruction Unit have charged the driver of the 2007 Toyota Camry from the July 6 fatal pedestrian crash. The driver, Diego Juarez Gomez, 19, of Maryland was traveling south on Richmond Highway, struck McPhail in the roadway and did not stop at the scene.

Detectives obtained warrants for Juarez Gomez for felony hit and run and driving without a license. On July 7, Juarez Gomez turned himself in at the Adult Detention Center where the warrants were served. He was released on his own recognizance.

Victim advocates from our Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to this case to ensure the victim’s family is receiving appropriate resources and assistance.

The fatal crash occurred July 6 in the 5600 block of Richmond Highway in the Fairfax County section of Alexandria. Officers responded at 10:20 p.m. for a pedestrian struck by an initially reported dark-colored, older-model SUV on Richmond Highway near Huntington Avenue. The pedestrian, Doris Anita McPhail, 56, of Alexandria, was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries considered life threatening. McPhail succumbed to her injuries the next morning.

Detectives determined the driver of a 2007 dark-green Toyota Camry was traveling southbound on Richmond Highway. McPhail was crossing Richmond Highway outside of a crosswalk in a dimly lit area when she was struck in the left lane of the roadway. The driver did not stop to assist or render aid.

As detectives were investigating the crash, the driver of the striking vehicle called 911 and notified dispatchers of their involvement in the crash. 

Detectives presented details of the investigation to the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. Preliminarily, alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors in the crash.