As Hernandez tried to cross Ritchie Highway he was hit by the Hyundia. A woman got out of the car and saw Hernandez lying on the ground. She then got back into her car and sped off.
He died later at the hospital. [A pedestrian, Kara Micciche, had been killed crossing the same highway ata point a few miles away a few days earlier. There will probably be no charges in that crash, but the investigation is ongoing. The family is pushing to have a crosswalk added."Mohr said the area seems to meet criteria for a crosswalk because of bus stops, a park-and-ride lot, a bike trail and a senior center."]
Police are now "looking for a black mid size sedan possibly a Hyundai Sonata with front end damage...said to have been drive by a black woman wearing pink medical scrubs."
This is not the first time such a thing has happened in Anne Arundel. In 2005 a women hit a 10-year old boy, got out to check on him in the roadway and then drove away.
And in fact, on the same day another cyclist was hit in a hit and run.
In Glen Burnie, Marco A. Garcia, 41, was hit by a truck on Crain Highway near Georgia Avenue just after 7:30 a.m. Thursday. Police said Garcia was riding his bicycle legally in the northbound lanes when he was struck by possibly a gray Chevrolet or Saturn sedan.
Although police initially said they thought the woman was driving a black sedan, they are now looking for a dark sport-utility vehicle, possibly a Ford Escape or a Jeep Liberty, with substantial damage to its passenger-side windshield and mirror,
The driver, who police said sped off, was described vaguely as a white man with a beard, who was last seen wearing wire-rimmed glasses and a baseball cap.
Garcia was taken to Shock Trauma, where he was listed in critical condition.
Tim Pratt of the Maryland Gazette says that laws making it harder for illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses is pushing more of them onto bikes.
For immigrants who are forced to ride bikes to work, Centro de Ayuda tries to give as many traffic safety tips as possible. Helmets, headlights and reflective gear are strongly recommended.
Still, the roads can be dangerous for cyclists who are new to the country. Many immigrants come from small towns where bicycle laws are “looser” and vehicle traffic isn’t nearly as congested as it is in Anne Arundel County, Omana said.
Some immigrants don’t know the rules of the road.
“I’ve seen many of them riding against traffic,” Omana said.
Although, in both these cases there is no indication that the cyclist broke the law or that they were illegal immigrants
And if all you can do is bike, you get forced onto some unfriendly roads, leading the police to claim that
“Certain stretches of roads should really be just for vehicles,” [police spokesman Justin] Mulcahy said.
Dave Humphreys, executive director of Annapolis Regional Transportation Management Association, deals with transportation issues all over the county. With the heavy amount of traffic on Ritchie and Crain highways, he said the accidents involving Hernandez and Garcia were “sadly not unexpected.”
“Those are very, very unfriendly bike roads,” he said. “I wouldn’t ride my bike up there.”
Mulcahy seems to be blaming these cyclists for the crashes, instead of traffic engineers for failing to build complete streets. If the roads are only safe for driving, and some people can't drive - then those people are just going to get hurt.
“We just want to know that someone was responsible,” said Rosa Salgado, a cousin. “He wasn’t an animal, not something you just throw onto the ground. We would just like to know who it was and that that person shows remorse over what occurred. It’s not fair that someone is able to hurt another human and just run away.”
“We understand if it’s an accident,” Salgado said, her voice cracking from tears. “Maybe her mind was somewhere else. Maybe she was late for work. We’ve all been in those shoes sometimes, and accidents do happen, and what hurts the most is that she ran over Alex like he was a pothole.”