(WJLA) - Friends say cyclist Lynn Kristianson remains in very critical condition and on life support after being struck by a car. And still, the driver who sped off has not been found.
"To have this happen is devastating...It's devastating for our whole cycling community," says friend and fellow cyclist Maile Neel.
It was just after 5 p.m. the evening of February 22 when two longtime friends and cyclists were on the home stretch of a 200-kilometer ride on Central Avenue in Davidsonville, Maryland.
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," describes Neel. "He hit me first, a glancing blow, knocked me over...but must have driven right into Lynn -- and then he kept driving."
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.
Friends have set up a website now to raise reward money, hoping that it will prompt someone to reveal what they know: youcaring.com/forlynn.
"It is pretty disconcerting that somebody is out there that would do this -- leave people lying in the road, one of them bleeding, and not even stop," says Neel.