Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Cyclist killed after being struck by car in CCT crosswalk in Bethesda (Photo)
Gaylin was crossing at the notorious trail crosswalk between Arlington and Hillandale Roads in Bethesda, when he was struck by a Mercedes Benz driven by a Bethesda resident, Nils Carl Axel Rudelius, 78. Police are investigating the cause of the crash. No one has been declared at fault yet, but it is believed that Gaylin was in the area of the crosswalk.
I would say most drivers actually stop at this crossing. Even if there's no one coming across or waiting, I still come to a stop to make sure, and I would recommend anyone else do the same. You occasionally see a knucklehead blast across without checking for pedestrians or cyclists.
It's a really bad setup. Let's remember this facility was designed for a train originally, and it would have been the driver who would have faced dire consequences for not checking both directions in those days. The trail is too close to the Arlington Road signal to install another stoplight. Perhaps there is a warning light that could be motion-activated as someone approaches.
Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.