Arlington Man Charged in Fatal Hit and Run Pedestrian Crash
Published on August 02, 2022
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Police Department has arrested a 62-year-old Arlington man following a fatal hit and run pedestrian crash in the Arlington Heights neighborhood. Julio David Villazon is charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, Hit and Run, Driving Under the Influence and Driving Revoked (x2). He is being held without bond in the Arlington County Detention Facility.
At approximately 7:32 p.m. on August 1, police were dispatched to 2nd Street S. at S. Old Glebe Road for the report of a crash with injuries involving a pedestrian. Upon arrival, officers located the unresponsive pedestrian in the roadway. She was transported to an area hospital where she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased. She has been identified as Viviana Oxlaj Lopez, 52, of Arlington, VA.
The preliminary investigation indicates the driver of the striking vehicle, Julio David Villazon, was traveling on S. Old Glebe Road when he turned onto 2nd Street S. and struck the pedestrian as she was crossing the roadway. He then fled the scene in the striking vehicle. Officers developed a possible suspect and vehicle description based on witness interviews and evidence located at the scene. Officers located the driver at his residence in the 2500 block of 4th Street S. and took him into custody without incident. His vehicle was subsequently located in the area of 8th Street S. and S. George Mason Drive. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.
This remains an active criminal investigation. Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to contact Detective D. Gilmore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-228-4049. Information may also be reported anonymously to Arlington County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.