Falls Church man arrested for fatal hit-and-run in Fairfax

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An arrest has been made and a Virginia State Police investigation is underway regarding a hit-and-run incident in Fairfax Sunday night.

On Sunday, VSP announced that at about 9:14 p.m., its troopers responded to calls reporting a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle on the northbound I-495 service road for Exit 50.

VSP public relations director Corrine Geller confirmed that the male had died at the scene. At that time, police were working to confirm the male’s identity, and there was no information available on the suspect.

Geller noted that Virginia State Police Fairfax Division Crash Reconstruction Team was assisting with the investigation.

On Monday, VSP announced the deceased had been identified as Douglas C. Haskett II, a 55-year-old Ashburn man.

According to Geller, Haskett was hit by a Chevrolet Traverse. In the midst of the VSP investigation Sunday night, Fairfax County Police received a call from the driver of that Chevrolet. VSP responded to the suspect’s location and found the alleged driver in a parking garage in the Mosaic District of Fairfax County.

According to Geller, that driver, Brian C. Diffell, a 46-year-old Falls Church man, was taken to Fairfax Adult Detention Center and has been charged with felony hit-and-run.

The VSP investigation is still underway in consultation with Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney.

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