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Police Searching for Hit-And-Run Driver Who Struck Bicyclist

A man driving a light-colored Honda SUV is believed to have struck a bicyclist in Davidsonville. The vehicle fled the scene into Prince George's County.

A man driving a light-colored Honda SUV similar to this one is believed to have struck a bicyclist in Davidsonville. Credit: Anne Arundel County Police Department
A man driving a light-colored Honda SUV similar to this one is believed to have struck a bicyclist in Davidsonville. Credit: Anne Arundel County Police Department

Authorities are searching for the driver of a Honda sport utility vehicle that hit a bicyclist, leaving the rider in critical condition at an area hospital.

According to the Anne Arundel County Police Department, officers were called to Central Avenue at the Patuxent River Road in Davidsonville at 5:09 p.m. Saturday on a report of a crash involving two bicyclists.

The bicyclists were westbound on Central Avenue approaching the Patuxent River Bridge when a bike ridden by Lynn Carol Kristianson, 62, of Arlington, VA, was struck by a white or silver SUV that left the scene. The suspect’s SUV fled west on Central Avenue into Prince George’s County, police said.

Maile Catherine Neel, 52, of University Park, was riding immediately behind Kristianson and also crashed. After the collision, Kristianson’s bike came to rest in the roadway and was struck by a 2005 Chevy Impala driven by Tierra Lesley Harris, 21, of Oxon Hill.

Witnesses said the suspect’s SUV was driven by a white man, 50 to 60 years old, with a grey mustache and dark glasses. Police believe the suspect vehicle is a 1995 to 2001 Honda CR-V with damage on the right side, and a missing right-side mirror.

Kristianson was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma, where she was listed in critical, but stable condition on Sunday. Neel was treated and release from Washington Hospital Center. The driver of the Chevy Impala was not injured.

Police believe driver error caused the crash, and that sun glare may have been a factor. The driver failed to yield to the bicyclists lawfully using the roadway. Speed does not appear to be a factor in the collision.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Traffic Safety Section at 410-222-8573.

Charles Salsgiver February 24, 2014 at 02:24 PM
That's bicycle on trails instead of the highway.
Kolo Jezdec February 24, 2014 at 07:33 PM
Mr. Salsgiver, what part of "The driver failed to yield to the bicyclists lawfully using the roadway" is unclear?
john February 25, 2014 at 09:28 AM
The posted speed at that location is 50 mph which means no bicycles that does not mean you should run them over but they do asume some responcibility
Kolo Jezdec February 25, 2014 at 10:43 AM
They assume responsibility for a driver who fails to yield? How does that work? BTW, cyclists are authorized users of any roadway where the speed limit is 50 or less.
Kolo Jezdec February 25, 2014 at 10:49 AM
"Bicycles may not be ridden in the travel lanes of any roadway where the posted maximum speed limit is more than 50 miles an hour; however, bicycles may be operated on the shoulder of these roadways." "The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle, including a bicycle, which is going in the same direction, shall pass to the left of the overtaken vehicle at a safe distance." "A bicyclist riding slower than the speed of traffic is confined to the right hand through lane (much the same way as a slow moving vehicle is) and as close to the right side of the road as is safe. A bicyclist can move further left to: Make or attempt to make a vehicular style left turn; Pass a stopped or slower moving vehicle; or Avoid pedestrians or road hazards. This ride-to-the-right provision does not apply when operating in a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle to travel safely side-by-side with another vehicle within the lane. The provision also does not apply where the right-hand lane is a turn lane, or the bicyclist is operating on a one-way street. (TR § 21-1205(a))"

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