Below is an account of the recent hit-and-run crash in AA County, written by by Maile Neel, one of the two people hit.
With the blessing of Gordon and the Anne Arundel County Police Officer who is investigating the crash, I am writing to tell you firsthand what actually happened last Saturday. I also want to convey that the best way to help right now is to spread the word about the search for the suspect who hit Lynn Kristianson and I with such horrible consequences for Lynn. I give the description below because I know everyone has been curious and there has been a lot of misinformation in the news reports that has been perpetuated on blogs, tweets, Facebook posts, and list serves. The main need though is to catch the driver.
On Saturday February 22 Lynn and I were riding a 200k permanent. We were heading back to College Park from Deale with about 30 miles to go. It was just after 5 p.m. We were riding west on Central Ave between Patuxent River Road and Queen Anne's Bridge Road. We were approaching Queen Anne's Bridge to cross the Patuxent. I was riding right behind Lynn and we were single file. We had been riding on the shoulder to the right of the white line, but as you approach the bridge the shoulder goes away. Still we were right on the line, far to the right side of the road. We were both wearing reflective ankle bands Lynn had on a reflective vest and I had on a bright red jacket with a reflective Amphipod over it.
I heard a very loud vehicle approaching from the rear - that is not unusual as vehicles are on every road and one typically hears them as they approach. It was unusual when I felt the vehicle hit my left hip and leg. I went straight down hard on my left side on the road -- I did not slide along the road. I could not move at all once I landed. I did not see the car nor did I see what happened to Lynn. After everything came to a rest, I remember looking over and seeing Lynn ~20 or so feet further up the road from me. I could see no details. But she was not far from me.
Citizens arrived right away and were tending to us, controlling traffic, calling 911, and getting key phone numbers off my phone to call and to give to the police. Very soon the paramedics, EMTs and police arrived and immobilized me and also blocked (I think intentionally so) my view of Lynn. They would then not say anything to me about her condition except that she was in much worse shape than I was in, and the she would be transported via helicopter to Baltimore. I was transported via PG County ambulance to Shock Trauma at Washington Hospital Center. I was thoroughly tested and x-rayed. I was released just after 2 a.m. I am bruised up and down my left side and am not very mobile due to lower back and pelvic issues but it is all muscular. I am in pain, but there are no broken bones and no immediately apparent internal or head injuries. My helmet was cracked on the left side but my head has only a slight bruise. This all is in stark and horrifying contrast to Lynn's condition.
What the investigators know is that we were both hit by a silver/white Honda CRV driven by a white male between 50 and 60 years old. The man had a mustache and dark glasses. An eye witness saw him hit both of us and flee the scene by continuing to drive westbound across the bridge from Anne Arundel County into Prince George's County. The side view mirror from the vehicle remained at the scene and that has allowed the police to narrow down the year-range of the vehicle to 1995-2001. In addition to missing a passenger side mirror, the vehicle will likely be dented and scraped on the right side and perhaps on the front. Lynn and I were both on unpainted titanium bikes.
A second vehicle that was headed westbound immediately after the initial collision ran over Lynn's bike. Witnesses state that the second car did NOT run over Lynn. She did not remain clipped to the bike. The car swerved left to avoid everything but could not avoid the bike. The damage from the bike being run over makes it difficult to piece together the original impact. Seeing the Honda CRV would help fill in some but not all the details, but it still may never be clear what exactly happened to cause such severe injuries.
The fact that the person who hit us left the scene changes the nature of this case dramatically. Nothing will ever change or compensate for what has happened to Lynn but there is at least hope of some consequence for the driver beyond a moving violation . And it is encouraging that there is so much evidence. The investigating officer is doing an outstanding and thorough job. He and his colleagues are pursuing many avenues and leads. They are taking this very seriously. But he stressed to me that it is still far from a sure bet that they will be able to find the person.
There is then a call about the need for people to be on the lookout for a vehicle and driver matching the description above.