South Riding Man Charged in Fatal Pedestrian Crash

A South Riding man faces a felony hit-and-run charge after he allegedly drove a stolen pickup into two pedestrians, and killing one, on Saturday in McLean. 

            The crash happened at approximately 3 p.m. Aug. 3 near the intersection of Shreve Road and Hickory Street.

            According to the report, David Alan Francis, 46, apparently lost control of the Nissan Titan before hitting a woman and child who were walking on a path along Shreve Road. Betty Ana Bernstein-Zabza, 60, of Falls Church, was transported from the scene to an area hospital where she died. The child was treated for injuries described as minor.

            The truck was disable in the crash and Francis attempted to flee the scene on foot before being arrested.

            Speed and drugs appear to be factors in the crash, according to the preliminary report.             

            Francis was held without bond at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. 

An hour before the crash, Loudoun deputies were investigating a burglary on Middlesex Drive in which a resident found a man looking through items in his garage. The suspect—later identified as Francis—left the scene before deputies arrived, in a Nissan Titan that had been reported stolen from Riding Plaza on July 26.  

            Additional charges are expected in those cases. 

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