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Falls Church Man Killed in Route 7 Hit & Run

A 72-year-old Falls Church man was struck and killed while crossing an on-ramp for I-495 on Route 7 Tuesday morning. The driver did not stop and fled the scene, police report.

Fairfax County Police responded to a call of an injured pedestrian before 7 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 and upon arriving at the scene found Chandra Bhandari of Falls Church near a crosswalk on Leesburg Pike (Route 7) near I-495. Police say they believe Bhandari was crossing the on-ramp from eastbound Leesburg Pike to southbound I-495 between 6 and 6:30 a.m. when he was hit. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said speed appears to be a factor in the crash.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the vehicle or the driver involved in the crash and for those with information to call the crash reconstruction unit witness phone line at 703-280-0543. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers at, by calling 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or via text by texting “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES (274637).