Traffic through Fairfax County was snarled for hours Tuesday morning after a male pedestrian who was walking along eastbound lanes of Route 66 was fatally struck by a passing vehicle.
UPDATE 11:40 a.m.: Police Investigate Tuesday Accident on Route 66 As a Suicide
According to a news release, Virginia State Police (VSP) first received a call around 4:41 a.m. about a pedestrian walking on the right shoulder of the eastbound lanes of I-66 in Fairfax County.
"Troopers were en-route to the subject when they were notified of the subject having been struck," the news release said.
The male subject was found dead in the right shoulder at the 57 mile marker, VSP said.
"Based on the investigation, he was struck in the right lane and landed in the shoulder," VSP said.
The subject is male and state police are in the process of making a positive identification and notifying his next of kin, police said.
Two right-hand lanes of eastbound Rte. 66 were closed for several hours as officers worked to investigate the crash and clear the scene Tuesday morning.
Patch readers who passed by the accident said the scene looked grim.
"It must be bad, passing it going westbound the police have a pop-up canopy in the middle of the road," reader Jeff Smith said on Fairfax City Patch's Facebook page.
State police are asking anyone who might have seen the male subject walking along, or witnessed him being struck, to call the Virginia State Police at 703-803-0026.
FOLLOW FAIRFAX CITY PATCH FOR THE LATEST NEWS AND EVENTS