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Cyclist, driver die in crash off Lee Hwy.

Post report: Navigating traffic is a two-way street
Databases: Cycling fatalities | Motorist fatalities

7 p.m. Update: Police are now reporting that the second cyclist was not injured. They identified the car involved as an SUV. Authorities are still on the scene and anticipate that the investigation will continue for two more hours.

5:45 p.m. Update: A driver making a right turn in Fairfax Friday afternoon lost control of the vehicle, leaving the road and striking two cyclists on a bike path before the car plunged into a wooded area, according to Fairfax County police.

One bike rider and the driver were killed, officials said.

The accident happened just after 4 p.m. at the intersection of Lee Highway and Forum Drive, according to Fairfax spokesperson Officer Shelly Broderick. Lee Highway was closed in both directions while police investigate, and police urged drivers to find alternate routes.

"It appears the driver was on Lee Highway and turned onto Forum, left the drive and struck two people on the bike path before continuing on into a wooded area," Broderick said.

Mary Ann Jennings, the department's head spokesperson, said the driver apparently cut across six lanes of Lee Highway before jumping the Forum Drive curb. After hitting the cyclists she said the car crashed into a tree.

"Until investigators really get into the car and see what's there we won't know," she said. "Was it a medical condition or what? We don't know yet."

The asphalt bike path comes to a crossing point at the corner of Lee Highway and Forum Drive, where a stoplight controls traffic, raising the possibility that the bike riders were waiting for the light to change when the accident occurred. The tree line is 20 to 30 feet from the intersection.

Friday was the annual Bike to Work Day, making bicycle traffic throughout the region heavier than normal.

-- Ashley Halsey III

5:15 p.m. Update: A driver making a right turn in Fairfax Friday afternoon lost control of the vehicle, leaving the road and striking two cyclists on a bike path before the car plunged into a wooded area, according to Fairfax County police.
One bike rider and the driver were killed, officials said.

The accident happened just after 4 p.m. at the intersection of Lee Highway and Forum Drive, according to Fairfax spokesperson Officer Shelly Broderick.

"It appears the driver was on Lee Highway and turned onto Forum, left the drive and struck two people on the bike path before continuing on into a wooded area," Broderick said.

-- Ashley Halsey III

Channel 7 has a screen grab here.

5:10 p.m. Update: Police tell The Post's Ashley Halsey III that a cyclist and a driver are dead. Another cyclist was injured.

5:05 p.m. Update: Channel 7 is reporting that a bicyclist and a driver have both died. According to televsion reports, the driver left the road and struck the cyclist on a biking trail.

Original post: According to Fairfax County police, an accident involving a bicyclist and a car has closed Lee Highway in both directions at Forum Drive.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 21, 2010; 4:58 PM ET
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Comments

Very sad. Big surprise it was an SUV. Most SUV drivers don't think traffic laws apply to them.

Posted by: checkered1 | May 21, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

This incident is a perfect example for all of the remarks people were making on the biking story yesterday.

Yes, of course bikers should be careful and obey laws. But ultimately drivers have a much greater responsibility to be aware of others because they are in the more dangerous vehicle. If a biker had lost control and crashed into a car, probably the only person to get hurt would have been the biker.

Equally, bikers have a greater responsibility to be aware of pedestrians.

Posted by: exborean | May 21, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

The article states the SUV's driver was killed when his SUV plunged into a wooded area. If the SUV hit a tree then the article should have said so. Plunging into a wooded area doesn't sound like something that would be fatal.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | May 21, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

The young man killed was a high school student. Please pray for his family. What an incredible tragedy and loss of a person with wonderful potential. He should have had a long life.

Posted by: migdriver75 | May 21, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

The young man killed was a high school student. Please pray for his family. What an incredible tragedy and loss of a son and brother with wonderful potential. He should have had a long life.

Posted by: migdriver75 | May 21, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

The young man killed was a high school student. Please pray for his family. What an incredible tragedy and loss of a son and brother with wonderful potential. He should have had a long life.

Posted by: migdriver75 | May 21, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

The young man killed was a high school student. Please pray for his family. What an incredible tragedy and loss of a son and brother with wonderful potential. He should have had a long life.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou70 | May 21, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Just an unlucky lad. Nothing more, nothing less. God bless him. As for the driver. Who knows. God bless him anyway.

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