For the second time in less than a week, a pedestrian has been killed while trying to cross State Route 3 in Orange County, police said.

The latest incident took place Friday evening on Route 3 just east of State Route 708 near the Walmart in Locust Grove.

Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Brent Coffey said a 2018 Toyota Highlander was heading east in the left lane about 6:23 p.m. when it struck a pedestrian who ran into the travel lane.



The victim, identified as 44-year-old Christopher A. Randall of Lignum, was pronounced dead at the scene as the result of injuries suffered in the crash. Coffey said the victim was wearing dark clothing and was not in a crosswalk.

The Toyota driver, a 32-year-old Culpeper man, remained on the scene.

A similar incident took place the night of Jan. 26 on Route 3 in Orange, about four miles east of Friday's fatality, not far from the Spotsylvania County line.

Brett Stannard, 42, of Spotsylvania was crossing Route 3 near State Route 20 in Orange when he was struck by a 2005 Ford Econoline van that was heading east in the right lane.

Coffey said Stannard was also wearing dark clothing and was not at a crosswalk. He died at the scene.

The Econoline driver, a 36-year-old Spotsylvania man, also remained at the scene.

Both incidents remain under investigation and no charges have been filed. The Orange Sheriff's Office and the Orange and Lake of the Woods volunteer fire and rescue departments assisted state police in both fatal incidents.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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