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Local man struck by car in Arlington

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer

A Maryland man is being held without bond after a Collinsville resident was struck by a vehicle in Arlington, according to police.

Michael Sizemore, 27, of Collinsville, was struck Friday while walking in or near a crosswalk in Arlington, according to Scott Grindstaff, Henry County treasurer who is a friend of the Sizemore family and attends church with them.

Michael Sizemore is the son of Susie and Mark Sizemore of Collinsville, according to Grindstaff.

Michael Sizemore works as a lobbyist with the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards (VACSB) Inc. near Richmond.

Dustin Sternbeck, public information officer for the Arlington County Police Department, said the victim allegedly was struck around 12:10 a.m. Friday as a Honda Civic coupe headed eastbound on Clarendon Boulevard, near the intersection with North Highland Street.

“This is a heavily traveled and busy (area) with a lot of night life,” Sternbeck said.

Sternbeck said the department had not released the victim’s name. However, Grindstaff verified that it was Sizemore.

Medics treated the victim at the scene, Sternbeck said, and noted the victim suffered from a fractured skull, two broken legs, a broken arm and numerous lacerations.

The victim is in a medically induced coma in George Washington University Hospital, Sternbeck added.

“There were numerous witnesses to the accident,” Sternbeck said, and witnesses have told police that the incident occurred when the Honda “moved to one of the left lanes to get around another vehicle.”

Although “there are numerous witness discrepancies about where the victim was” at the time he was struck, Sternbeck said the man was “near the crosswalk, if not in it.”

According to online reports, when struck, the victim flew through the air and came to rest, motionless, on the pavement.

Sternbeck estimated the victim “was thrown several car lengths.”

A friend was with the victim at the time of the accident and notified family members, who met at the hospital, Sternbeck said.

The vehicle allegedly involved in the incident “had stopped and remained on the scene,” Sternbeck said. It “had substantial front end damage,” he added.

After field sobriety tests were conducted, the driver was arrested at the scene, Sternbeck said.

Tyler Bruce Wills, 22, of Maryland, was charged with DUI and DUI maiming, Sternbeck said. He is being held in an Arlington County Detention facility without bond.


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