The incident happened around 7:15 this morning on the trail near the intersection of Columbia Pike and Four Mile Run Drive. According to police, an adult male cyclist was coming down a hill when he called out “on your left, on your left,” to the victim, who was walking on trail.
The victim turned around, moving into the path of the cyclist, and said “what? — at which time she and the cyclist collided, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. The woman fell backwards and her head hit the pavement, causing significant trauma.
The woman was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital with life-threatening injuries, Sternbeck said. The cyclist suffered only minor injuries and did not require transport to the hospital.
No charges have been filed against the cyclist, said Sternbeck. The trail is eight feet wide at the point of the collision, he noted.
Arlington does not have speed limits on its bike trails, according to county officials.
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