• December 01, 2022

Richard Alburger Killed by Vehicle on Capital Beltway in Annandale, VA

Annandale, VA — November 30, 2022, truck driver Richard Alburger was hit and fatally injured while running across the Inner Loop of the Capital Beltway in Fairfax County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:50 p.m. on the northbound Beltway (I-495) near Braddock Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Alburger was driving a Wegmans tractor-trailer north when he allegedly tried to merge lanes and hit a Buick sedan, causing the car to spin away and hit bollards and the concrete median barrier.

After the collision Alburger exited the big rig and started to run across the express lanes of the highway toward the disabled car. As he crossed through the northbound lanes he was hit by a northbound Ford Escape.

Alburger was taken to an area hospital where he died a short time later. The Buick and Ford drivers were unhurt.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Rich Alburger Accident in Annandale

It's not really clear what happened here yet, but considering the tragic result of the accident I think most would agree that a full investigation is in order. I hope that's already happening, but I admit to some misgivings about exactly how much police will actually learn. That's not to knock their hard work, but in many cases waiting for their reports isn't the best option.

Between competing priorities, staff and resource shortages, and only so many hours in the day, even the hardest-working and most dedicated officers sometimes have to rush through their investigations. They assemble a rough timeline of events, find out whether any laws were broken and issue charges if needed, then fill out their reports and move on. If they can't take their time and find out all the specifics, crucial details may slip through the cracks and their conclusions might be incomplete or even wrong.

Maybe that won't be an issue here and police will get to the bottom of things, but the victim's loved ones deserve every clear answer they can get. If there's anything else to do besides bring them the truth, it would depend on what is discovered.

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