A driver struck and killed a longtime Northern Virginia pediatrician Sunday, Jan. 19 in Springfield, according to InsideNova.
Fairfax County police said an 80-year-old man driving a 2008 Mazda 323 struck Dr. Thomas Sullivan while turning left onto Old Keene Mill Road from Greeley Boulevard during a green light just before 8 a.m. Sunday.
Sullivan, who had practiced medicine in Alexandria, Woodbridge and Lorton since 1972, was walking across the eastbound lanes of Old Keene Mill when he was struck on his way to church. He was not using a crosswalk, according to the report.
Sullivan was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. He was 74.
Sullivan was one of the founding partners of ALL Pediatrics, where his son, Dr. Brendan Sullivan, joined him in practice in 2000. He was president of the Virginia chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2001 and 2002. Sullivan devoted much of his time to working with children with Attention Deficit Disorder.
Dr. William C. Rees of Burke Pediatrics penned an obituary for his colleague on Fairfax Patch.
“Virginia, its pediatricians and, most importantly, its children, are in a better place, thanks to the advocacy of Dr. Thomas J. Sullivan, MD, FAAP,” wrote Rees. “We will miss him so much; he was our hero, a child's best friend, and our mentor.”