Cyclist Injured In Hit-And-Run Speaks Out As Riding Partner Remains On Life Support

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DAVIDSONVILLE, Md. (WJZ)—Anne Arundel County Police are looking for the person who hit two women riding bicycles and then took off. One is in critical condition fighting for her life. The second, who is still recovering from her wounds, is speaking out.

Jessica Kartalija has the story.

Friends say cyclist Lynn Kristianson remains in very critical condition and on life support.

The driver who sped off has not been found.

“She was one of my favorite riding companions and dear friends. To have this happen is devastating,” said Maile Neel, cyclist.

It was just after 5 p.m. the evening of Feb. 22 when two longtime friends and cyclists were on the home stretch of a 200-kilometer ride on Central Avenue in Davidsonville.

Kristianson, an Arlington librarian, was in front while Neel, a University of Maryland associate professor, was bringing up the rear in single file on the far right-hand side of the road.

“The next thing I knew, I was being hit. Then I was on the ground and couldn’t move. He hit me first, a glancing blow, knocked me over. But must have driven right into Lynn, and then he kept driving,” Neel said.

Witnesses tell Anne Arundel County Police that the vehicle was a silver or white Honda SUV. The driver was reportedly a white male, 50-60 years old, with a gray mustache and dark glasses.

“It is pretty disconcerting that somebody is out there that would do this — leave two people lying in the road, one of them bleeding, and not even stop,” Neel said.

Friends have set up a website to raise reward money, hoping that it will prompt someone to reveal what they know. To view it, click here.

If you have any information, you are asked to call Anne Arundel County Police.

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