Ned Gaylin, an 81 year old, retired clinical psychologist and University of Maryland professor, was struck while crossing Little Falls Parkway on his recumbent bicycle. He was struck in the marked crosswalk of the Capital Crescent Trail. There have been 8 bicycle fatalities in the DC area in the last 12 months and 4 of them have been in the crosswalks of suburban Maryland trail crossings. 3 of those in Montgomery County.
Ned Gaylin, was a child and family psychologist, author and professor emeritus at UMD's School of Public Health. He was an internationally recognized pioneer in clinical psychology.
The "Stop for Pedestrian" pylons that were originally installed in the road there have been hit so many times that they have now been moved to the median - where they are less visible.
Gaylin was struck by a 2002 Mercedes E320 driven by Nils Carl Axel Rudelius, 78, of Bethesda, according to police. Investigators believe Rudelius’ Mercedes was traveling southbound when it struck Gaylin.
According to police, Gaylin was traveling eastbound on the Capital Crescent Trail in his three-wheeled recumbent bicycle and was crossing in a marked crosswalk on Little Falls Parkway between Arlington Road and Hillandale Road.
The driver, 78-year-old Nils Rudelius, who hit Gaylin told FOX 5 he is devastated, and did not see Gaylin in the crosswalk.
WUSA reports that the crosswalk is "a defined crosswalk for pedestrians" and that cyclists must dismount and cross as pedestrians. That's the first I've heard of that, and there are no signs there to that effect. But it is true that a cyclist riding their bike across is not protected by the law in the way that a pedestrian is. Even though,
Signs at the crossing warn motorists to yield to pedestrians and bicyclists crossing the road.
Police did not immediately say what, if any, charges will be filed against the driver in the case.