Saturday, October 15, 2011

Road rage incident on GW Parkway

A cyclist was severely injured on GW Parkway when a motorist intentionally stopped abruptly in front of a group of cyclists. One of the cyclists couldn't stop in time and slid under the car. The motorist then left the scene. Here's a summary from the Fort Hunt Patch article Driver Reportedly Flees Scene on GW Parkway, Leaving Injured Cyclist:
Two cyclists claim they saw a case of road rage this week on the George Washington Parkway.

A driver in a gold Cadillac Seville caused an accident Sunday morning that seriously injured cyclist Phil Hepburn of Alexandria, and then fled the scene, said two of his cycling companions, Max Rogozinski of Woodbridge and Jim Strang of Fairfax County.

"There was no doubt he was either trying to scare us and went too far or actually was doing it just to hurt someone," said Rogozinski.

Hepburn was hospitalized after falling under the car, which pulled over and braked in front of him and four other cyclists, according to Rogozinski and Strang. In the fall, Hepburn fractured his hip socket and pelvis area, they said.

Fairfax County Police spokesman Officer Bud Walker on Friday referred all questions about the case to the U.S. Park Police. A call to a U.S. Park Police spokesman was answered by a voice mail message that did not leave an after-hours phone number. A U.S. Park Police news blog does not mention the incident.

"I've been cycling in the area for 40 years and I've seen some aggression, but never to this extent," said Strang, owner of Spokes Etc., a group of bicycle shops in Northern Virginia.

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