Crime Roundup: Bicyclist Crashes into Car

by Fatimah Waseem August 7, 2018 at 10:15 am 37 Comments

A bicyclist crashed into a car while crossing the intersection of the Washington and Old Dominion Trail and Sunrise Valley Drive on Saturday.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, the bicyclist did not stop before crossing the intersection and hit the side of a car around 5:55 p.m. The bicyclist did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

In a separate incident, a robbery happened today on the 2200 block of Hunters Woods Plaza at around 5:20 a.m. Despite a helicopter-assisted search early this morning, the suspects were not caught. An investigation is ongoing.

FCPD also reported the following incidents in recent days:


2200 block of Castle Rock Square, cash from vehicle

2400 block of Centreville Road, bag from location

2500 block of Centreville Road, beer from business

600 block of Deerfield Pond Court, property from residence

1800 block of Fountain Drive, cash from locker

11700 block of Great Owl Circle, property from vehicle

11800 block of Great Owl Circle, laptop from vehicle

12200 block of Laurel Glade Court, backpack from location

1800 block of Fountain Drive, merchandise from business

11900 block of Market Street, merchandise from business

11600 block of Old Brookville Court, laptop from vehicle

11600 block of Plaza America Drive, cell phone from location

11800 block of Spectrum Circle, merchandise from business

11600 block of Springhouse Place, property from vehicle

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, wallet from business

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business

1600 block of Waterhaven Drive, laptop from vehicle

11400 block of Waterhaven Court, property from vehicle

11400 block of Waterhaven Court, property from vehicle


1500 block of Deer Point Way, 2015 Infiniti G35

As we reported late last week, the body of Xuanfang Zhou, 81, a missing man, was found at Runnymede Park on Friday. Police said there is no indication of criminal activity.

File photo

  • Umust B Kidding

    Explain to me why we should give bicyclists who routinely ignore traffic laws–even at their own peril–greater access to our streets.

    • 30yearsinreston

      Stop signs on the W&OD are routinely ignored by cyclists

      • Umust B Kidding

        In fact, we have to build overpasses for bicyclists, including the Wiehle overpass for $10MM-plus, so bicyclists won’t kill themselves riding illegally in traffic. That money could be much more wisely spent on improving Reston’s streets. https://www.restonnow.com/2016/03/18/heres-why-wiehle-overpass-wont-open-until-2021/

        • Ed Cacciapaglia

          As a driver who drives on that section of Wiehle Ave. at least once a week, often getting slowed down due to bike and pedestrian traffic crossing the road on the W & OD Trail, I will be glad to see that overpass completed.

    • Mike M

      Because they are surrounded by the orb of righteousness. Apparently this rider’s malfunctioned.

      The only thing worse than the riders who routinely blow through stop signs at Hunter Mill, Sunset Hills, and Sunrise Valley, are the righteous drivers who jam on their brakes at the crosswalks to look up and down the trail to see if there are any bikes coming so they can righteously grant them permission to blow through the signs, never mind what the drivers in others lanes might be doing.

      • 30yearsinreston

        The lycra must restrict blood flow to their brains

    • Eddie J.G.

      Are you suggesting use of the roads should be tied to the rate of compliance with traffic laws? If that’s the case, expect cars to be banned.

      • Mike M

        Car drivers already pay fees, insurance, and register. Police patril the roads in vehicles of their own. Oh, and there are no “fender benders” when a bike hits a car or vice versa.

        • Wheels

          Remember when you said liberals repeat things they hear without understanding them? Yeah, “don’t pay for the roads” is the oldest and most tired (and untrue) argument you could possibly make, Mike.
          For what it’s worth we should be obeying traffic laws, not just the ones we want to obey.

          • Mike M

            I have no idea what is your point. I said drivers pay for roads that were designed for roads and that benefit a huge proportion of our population and economy. It is highly doubtful that bikers pay enough taxes for the silly changes that do a disservice to drivers and benefit only a few.

          • Eddie J.G.

            The point is you have a mistaken impression of how roads work and how they’re funded if you think drivers contribute in a significant enough way to garner exclusive or special privileged use of the roads. VA only gets 38% of their transportation infrastructure paid from gas tax, tolls or user fees. The rest is covered by the taxes everyone pays, even when they’re not driving.
            So we’re clear, the cyclist ran a stop sign and got hit- bad move. There’s a reason we have traffic control devices.
            I do take issue with the idea that cyclists flout traffic laws at a higher rate than drivers or that because drivers pay more they get to break a few rules.
            Also, your “I pay for this” argument doesn’t work if you’re driving in another state.

          • Mike M

            You are biased in your perceptions. The roads were designed and built for cars. yes we all pay taxes. But drivers have more right to the road due to the amount contributed by drivers and the intent of the roads. Bikers have nearly no rationale claim. There are so few bikers and their contribution is nothing additional on the margins.

          • Eddie J.G.

            Well, you can have whatever opinion you like, but legally and ethically and factually, your personal contributions to a public resource do not affect your “rights” to utilize a public resource. You might appreciate it if it worked that way, but it simply doesn’t.

          • Mike M

            Given the subject of the article I was referring primarily to safety and common sense. This is something many local bikers don’t get. And not to pound you with your own logic, but wasn’t your first response to me implying that drivers don’t have as much right as they think BECAUSE they don’t contribute as much as they think. Hmmn. Turnabout is fair play. But you turned your new argument on your old one.

          • Eddie J.G.

            I’ve made separate points: drivers don’t contribute as much as they think, and that access to a public resource is not distributed based on contributions, real or imagined.
            That cyclist ran a stop sign and learned why a stop sign was placed there.
            Don’t run stop signs.

          • Mike M

            Glad you have a handle on what drivers think.
            Also, glad you are not OK with bikers running stop signs.

  • 30yearsinreston

    Bike on W&OD didn’t stop @ intersection and hit a vehicle ?
    The same almost happened to me last week
    Some bikers must think the road rules dont apply to them and they are invulnerable

    Bikes should be licenced and riders pay road taxes

    • JohnQPublic

      Injured cyclist was a juvenile.

  • Mike M

    So, . . . “In a separate incident, a robbery happened today on the 2200 block of Hunters Woods Plaza at around 5:20 a.m. ”

    Here’s a fake news recap:
    1) Bikers are never to blame.
    2) Hunters Woods has no crime.

    • 30yearsinreston

      I wonder why the perpetrators are up so early

      • Mike M

        Probably never went to bed and after enough red bulls they get good ideas.

  • Tour de Force

    PD should stop wasting txpayers money flying their choppers below the dead mans curve and instead use dogs like most other self respecting LE agencies.

    The bike incident is hardly news worthy. The lycro bandits are out their daily claiming their turf and harrassing the pedestrians, old people women and children pls be careful.

  • Claes Cyrus Youngberg

    Love how the lead is a bicycle accident, not the robbery.

    • Mike M

      More people are killed in Reston in pedestrian and bicycle strikes. It’s a bigger problem and get bigger still.

      • Wheels

        I agree that people getting injured and killed by auto crashes a problem and it won’t be solved soon. From what I hear from you, Mike M, and 30yrs , is that these problems are the result of lycra and righteousness (and Hudgins, even though VDOT manages our roads). Such helpful trolling. Wow, you’re really contributing to your community. I suppose in your eyes there are lots of people hurt who “are just asking for it?”

        • Mike M

          Sorry, bubba. But you can read the righteousness in the comments of bikers where the story is not so clearly about biker violations and dangers. They blame cars and have derogatory names for people who drive. One thing you have read from me is that bikers run the stop signs on a regular basis. You cannot stand at four of the five I mentioned for fifteen minutes without witnessing this recklessness. How do you explain it? Others have commented on the recklessness of speed bikers with respect to pedestrians on the W&OD. I see it almost every day. Hudgins is a proponent of biking in Reston. She has been behind every initiative. Her support has emboldened bikers to be reckless. There were cops sitting at the bike crossings few weeks ago and I am 100% certain that was her response to biker complaints. I wonder what the cops saw. I suspect that bikers saw it as reinforcement of their righteousness. Calling people trolls adds nothing. I stand by my comments. Yours is just ad hominem denial.

  • Evidently

    What the heck is open at Hunters woods at 5:20 AM?

    • PondViewer


  • Walter Hadlock

    The main thing missing from the story about the cyclist is: Did the cyclist get a traffic ticket?

    • 30yearsinreston

      Did he what ?

  • Greg

    Paging LisaR — paging LisaR. And Wheels.

  • Greg

    Reston’s Shadowood once again hits the crime blotter.

  • Anonymouse

    Not sure how the helicopters over my house for 3 hours was going to find 2 guys CLEARLY hiding in the woods/trail. So comforting to know they weren’t found…

    Saw a guy on a bike almost get creamed at that exact intersection the other day. It’s not like there are STOP SIGNS there for the bikes on the trails. He better be paying for that car’s damage. I’m so sick of bikes in Reston almost hitting me when I’m driving and even when I’m walking on the damn sidewalk.

  • JohnQPublic

    The article leaves out a tremendous amount of detail… like biggest being the rogue scofflaw lycra wearing cyclist was a child. Fortunately the child was not severely injured.


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