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Details are slowly emerging about a bizarre bicycling collision earlier this week.
On Monday, D.C. Fire and EMS announced via Twitter: “reported cyclist struck – Minn Av & Baline[sic] St NE 2:38 PM Apr 26th.”
Contacted by City Desk that day, spokesperson Pete Piringer thought the tweet was mistaken. A cyclist hadn’t been hit by a car, Piringer had heard, a pedestrian had been hit by a bike. Piringer also said he believed police had been called in to “sort it out” between pedaler and walker.
Though we asked police for details regarding the incident, cops had a hard time finding a report relating to the crash. This morning, however, police spokesperson Gwendolyn Crump let us know that police had located the info and that a cyclist had been hit by a car, after all.
It wasn’t an accident, however. The facts of the bike-crumpling are startling: A mom allegedly plowed into her son on purpose.
“This was a domestic dispute between mother and son. It occurred at the gas station on Minnesota Ave. The mom was driving a Saturn and apparently intentionally hit her son, while he was on a bicycle. The son got off the bike and threw it on the car causing damage to the vehicle. When the police arrived the son ran off from the location. This case is being investigated by Sixth District Detectives.”
Crump says there have been no arrests so far.