Driver Charged in Feb. 1 Fatal Springfield Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Crash

Driver Charged in Feb. 1 Fatal Springfield Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Crash

A man has been arrested in connection with the fatal hit-and-run pedestrian crash that occurred on Feb. 1 on Industrial Road near Backlick Road. Willams Claros, 52, of Alexandria, was arrested March 10 and charged with involuntary manslaughter under the influence and felony hit-and-run. Claros was taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and held on no bond.

Detectives from the Crash Reconstruction Unit worked extensively to identify the vehicle and driver through their investigative leads.

Anyone who may have information on the crash is asked to contact the Crash Reconstruction Unit witness phone line: 703-280-0543. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by visiting, or calling 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). They can also be sent in via text by texting “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES (274637). Text STOP to 274637 to cancel or HELP to 274637 for help. Message and data rates may apply. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 if their information leads to an arrest.

Officers responded to the report of a hit-and-run crash involving a pedestrian on Industrial Road near Backlick Road, at approximately 1 a.m. Feb. 1.The pedestrian was walking in the right lane of westbound Industrial Road and was hit by a dark colored SUV traveling westbound on Industrial Road. The SUV did not stop and was last seen traveling north on Backlick Road. The pedestrian, 29-year-old David Velasquez, of Arlington, was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries. Speed and alcohol are unknown factors for the driver. Alcohol is believed to be a factor for the pedestrian.