Update: Weekend Crash Seriously Injures Cyclists; Charges Pending Against Driver

Arlington man, 58, struck a husband and wife on their bicycles this weekend.

Update (2:51 p.m. Wednesday): Charges are still pending against the driver of the pickup as of 2 p.m. Wednesday, police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said in an email. So far, no charges have been filed.

The male victim is in stable condition. The female victim remains in a medically induced coma and remains in serious condition, he stated.

Original story: Charges are pending against a 58-year-old Arlington man who police say struck a husband and wife riding their bicycles this weekend on South Four Mile Run Drive.

The male victim, 63, suffered multiple broken ribs and a punctured lung on his left side, police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said. He was admitted to the hospital Sunday in critical condition, but is now listed as stable.

His wife, 61, suffered head trauma and a broken pelvis and remained in critical condition as of 1:45 p.m. Monday at George Washington University Hospital.

"The first 24 hours are the most critical when it comes to head trauma patients," Sternbeck said. "We are receiving frequent updates from the medical staff at GW in regards to her condition."

Both victims are Arlington residents. Four Mile Run was shut down between George Mason Drive and Columbia Pike for more than five hours Sunday afternoon and evening as investigators worked the scene, Sternbeck said today.

At about 12:35 p.m. Sunday, police were dispatched to the 4600 block of South Four Mile Run regarding two cyclists being struck by a vehicle. The first responding officer found the man and woman lying in the grass, Sternbeck said.

A 2004 Ford pickup truck had been traveling east on Columbia Pike. According to "multiple" witnesses, the vehicle spun tires and "did a burnout" as the man attempted to turn right onto South Four Mile Run, Sternbeck said.

The truck came to rest in the grass on the north side of the roadway. The driver told police that he lost control, went over the median and struck the cyclists. The truck's front plate and windshield was damaged, Sternbeck said.

The cyclists had been traveling westbound on South Four Mile Run in the right lane, Sternbeck said.

The driver remained on scene, answered questions and cooperated with investigators — including taking a field sobriety test, which indicated alcohol was not a factor, and consenting to a blood test.

"Any type of major accident, it's just a typical practice of us to put him through these tests to determine if he was potentially on something," Sternbeck said.

Police are awaiting the results of the blood tests and further updates on the victim's condition before pursuing charges against the driver, Sternbeck said.

This article was originally published Monday, Oct. 15.

sue October 16, 2012 at 02:51 AM
My husband witnessed this driver right before the accident and said the driver was driving out of control on Columbia Pike as well - even before the driver turned onto South Four Mile Run. He called the police to relay this information. We have been thinking of these cyclists since Sunday and hope they make a speedy and sound recovery.
Bruce Crocker October 19, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Phil and I were good friends in High School in Newport News, Va. (he was Class of 1967). It's a shame a reckless driver had to do this to two innocent people minding their own business. Phil and I had lost contact in the mid 80's; I sincerely hope he and his wife will recover from this tragedy. Bruce
Michael Josef Basl December 22, 2012 at 11:20 PM


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