Va. bicyclist gets hit by a car, receives ticket at the hospital - FOX 35 News Orlando

Va. bicyclist gets hit by a car, receives ticket at the hospital

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(Photo courtesy: Lindsey Kelley) (Photo courtesy: Lindsey Kelley)
ARLINGTON, Va. -

A bicyclist that was hit by a car at a busy intersection in Rosslyn was ticketed for the accident.

Lindsey Kelley says she was issued the ticket while she was in the being treated at the hospital for her injuries.

As first reported by the website arlnow.com, the accident happened on Monday night at the intersection of N. Lynn Street and Lee Highway in Rosslyn around 8 p.m.

Kelley was biking home from work and says she stopped at the crosswalk and waited for the go signal. She says she made it halfway through when a car making a right turn off I-66 onto the Key Bridge hit her.

"I screamed,” she says. “I guess I landed with my bike on top of me."

Kelley was taken to the hospital by ambulance and says while she was there, a U.S. Park Police officer walked in and handed her a $70 ticket for "disregarding traffic signs or road markings."

"When I asked him why I was getting a ticket since I was in the crosswalk, he basically said that the witness told him that I didn't have lights, and I came out of nowhere, and I wasn't in the crosswalk and was in the middle of the road,” says Kelley.

She maintains she was in the crosswalk and says a picture she took of the scene right after the crash shows it. She shared the picture with FOX 5.

Kelley says she was she hurt pretty badly. She suffered a sprained wrist and finger, a mild concussion and some back and neck pain.

She says what hurts more is that the driver who hit her never got out of her car to check on her.

She also says while she was lying on the ground, another driver stopped and started hurling insults at her.

"He got out and started yelling about how bikes don't belong on the road, and I needed to be on the sidewalk. I should have been hit,” Kelley says.

Kelley says the entire incident has her thinking twice about ever hopping on a bicycle again.

"I'm kind of mad because I like to ride my bike to work and I feel I was made to feel like -- I think the word he used was ‘entitled bicyclist,’” she says.

Kelley says she took a bike safety class just so she would know the rules before she began riding her bike.

She says she plans to fight the ticket.

We reached out to a U.S. Park Police official for comment, but she referred FOX 5 to the official police report.

According to the website arlnow.com, there have been a lot of accidents at the intersection where this happened, but despite calls for changes, including a pedestrian bridge or a tunnel, there have been no definitive plans made.


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