Posted on Nov 14, 2013

A woman who was riding her bicycle along Ritchie Highway on October 14 was seriously injured in a Maryland car accident. Susan Hahn, 58, remains in serious condition following the car-versus-bicycle accident in Arnold. Anne Arundel County police say that Hahn was riding her bicycle southbound along Ritche Highway around 2:30 p.m. when the accident happened. 

Shortly after Hahn passed Jones Station Road, the Arnold resident attempted to turn left across the highway to get to a nearby shopping center. As she entered the northbound lanes of the busy highway, a northbound 2013 Hyundai Sonata struck her. Hahn was rushed by helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she is currently listed in serious condition. The driver of the car, who has been identified as Allan Engler of Annapolis, was not injured.

According to a preliminary investigation into the accident, Hahn failed to yield right of way to the oncoming car. There is no evidence that Engler was speeding or otherwise driving negligently. The investigation continues.

Additionally, the Anne Arundel County attorney’s office announced that the driver responsible for striking and killing a teacher who was bicycling in Severna Park this summer will not be charged. Thomas Patrick Heslin, Jr., a 57-year-old teacher from Severna Park, died July 17 when he was struck by a dump truck.

However, a police investigation into the fatal Maryland auto accident showed that Heslin apparently ran a stop sign at the intersection of Berrywood Drive and Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard, riding directly into the path of the oncoming truck. Maryland state law requires bicyclists to follow all traffic laws. The dump truck driver could not stop in time to avoid hitting the bicyclist and will not be charged.

We wish the injured a fast and full recovery, and we send our heartfelt condolences to the families of those who died in these accidents.

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