Man Loses Arm in Hit-Run on Route 29

Man Loses Arm in Hit-Run on Route 29

A 32-year-old West Virginia man was released Tuesday from Inova Fairfax Hospital after losing his left arm Saturday, April 24, because of a hit-and-run driver.

The incident occurred on Route 29 in Fairfax and, on Monday, police arrested a local man in connection with it. Charged with felony hit and run was Edward Sliter, 21, of 12106 Goodwood Drive in Fairfax.

ACCORDING TO Fairfax County police, Christopher Pinkerton of Barboursville, W. Va., was walking east on Route 29, approaching West Ox Road in Fairfax, around 3:30 a.m., when the tragedy occurred.

They say a vehicle traveling east on Route 29 struck the man and severed his arm.

The driver fled, but a passing motorist saw Pinkerton, immediately called 911 and stayed with him until emergency personnel arrived. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Police say he was in Virginia attending a conference at the Dulles Expo Center. He was apparently walking back to the hotel where he was staying but, they say, being unfamiliar with the area, he got lost and couldn't find it.

After the incident, police looked for an older-model, Oldsmobile Cutlass Cierra with minor front-end damage and possible passenger-side damage to the windshield and side-view mirror. The car also had a missing radio antenna.

Then Monday afternoon, police developed information leading to the home of Sliter — the person they believe is responsible for the accident. Police declined Tuesday to reveal any specifics about what led them to him. But his home is less than one mile from the scene of the accident — and they say a 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass was found "with damage consistent with the accident."

Sliter surrendered to police Monday and was booked into jail, shortly before midnight. Within two hours, he was released on $30,000 bond. He was arraigned Tuesday and has a June 16 court date. If convicted, he could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.