Last night, within a 2 hour span, three bicyclists were injured in two separate accidents. The more serious of the two was in Davidsonville. Police are currently looking for a vehicle that allegedly hit the cyclists and then left the scene.
On February 22, 2014, at approximately 5:09 p.m., officers from the Traffic Safety Section responded to westbound Central Avenue at the Patuxent River Road in Davidsonville for a report of a crash involving two (2) bicyclists.
The investigation revealed that the bicyclists were traveling west on Central Avenue approaching the Patuxent River Bridge. The bicyclists were on or near the roadway edge line when Bicyclist #1 was struck by a light colored SUV that failed to remain at the scene. The striking vehicle fled west on Central Avenue into Prince Georges County.
Bicyclist #2 was riding immediately behind Bicyclist #1 and as a result of the collision between the car and Bicyclist #1, Bicyclist #2 also crashed. After the collision, the bike ridden by Bicyclist #1 came to rest in the roadway and was struck by a 2005 Chevy Impala.
Evidence recovered from the scene indicates that the fleeing vehicle is a Honda SUV. Witnesses describe the vehicle as light in color (possible silver or white) driven by a W/M 50 to 60 years of age with a grey mustache and dark glasses.
Bicyclist #1, Ms. Kristianson was transported to University of Maryland Shock Trauma where she is listed in critical, but stable condition. Bicyclist #2, Ms. Neel was transported to Washington Hospital Center where she was later released. The driver of the Chevy Impala sustained no injuries.
The primary cause of this crash is driver error. The driver failed to yield to the bicyclists lawfully using the roadway. Speed does not appear to be a factor in the collision. Witness report that sun glare may have been a factor at the time of the collision.
Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call the Traffic Safety Section at 410-222-8573.
Bicyclist #1: Lynn Carol Kristianson, 62, of Arlington, Virginia.
Injuries: Critical, but stable
Bicyclist #2: Maile Catherine Neel, 52, of University Park, Maryland
Injuries: Non-life threatening, released from hospital
Vehicle/Suspect #1: Unknown Honda SUV — Light colored, possibly silver or white
Driver: White male 50 to 60 years of age, with grey mustache. — Fled scene west bound on Central Avenue
Vehicle #2 2005 Chevy Impala, MD 3AJ8698
Owner/Driver: Tierra Lesley Harris, 21, of Oxon Hill, Maryland
Severna Park Accident
On February 22, 2014 at approximately 6:30 p.m. officers responded to the area of Ritchie Highway and Leelyn Drive for a report of an accident involving a bicyclist.
Upon their arrival, they observed a 14 year old male suffering from injuries sustained when he was struck by a car. The investigation revealed that several juveniles riding bicycles attempted to cross the northbound lanes of Ritchie Highway at Leelyn Drive against a red traffic signal.
The other juveniles in the group reported that they were attempting to cross when they observed a vehicle approaching. They advised they stopped. They further advised that the victim, a 14 year-old male, did not stop and was attempting to beat the car across when he was struck. He suffered injuries to his lower body and was transported by Medavac to Johns Hopkins Pediatrics for further evaluation. His injuries were not considered life threatening.
The primary cause of this accident is bicyclist error. No further information available.