Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Fairfax Cyclist injured in crash on Sunday

A cyclist suffered life-threatening injuries in a collision with a motorist on Belle Haven Road in Alexandria on Sunday. Police are looking for witnesses to the crash:
Fairfax County police from Mount Vernon are looking for witnesses to an accident Sunday afternoon in Belle Haven.

Police say a 50-year-old bicyclist collided with a four-door 2005 Toyota Corolla around 3 p.m. The accident happened on Belle Haven Road as the car—headed westbound—attempted to turn onto southbound Fort Hunt Road. The bicyclist, headed east on Belle Haven, was thrown from his bike and remains in the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Detectives urge anyone who witnessed the accident to contact Crime Solvers:

* By phone: 1-866-411-TIPS or 703-691-2131.
* By e-mail:
* By SMS message: To: CRIMES/274637 and begin your message with "TIP187".
This is a common type of crash known as the "left hook", when a motorist turns left into an oncoming cyclist. A similar crash has occurred twice in Reston at Sunrise Valley Dr and Barton Hill Rd, most recently in April of this year.

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