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    Leesburg bicyclist seriously injured in hit and run crash

    A Leesburg man is recovering from serious injuries at Inova Fairfax Hospital after he was struck by a vehicle Sunday in Ashburn whose driver fled the scene.

    John M. Washington, 56, was riding his bicycle on Ashburn Village Boulevard near the intersection of Gala Circle at about 9:48 a.m. when he was hit, according to the Virginia Sate Police.

    Witnesses and physical evidence left at the scene directed a trooper, with the help of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, to the driver's place of employment in Leesburg.

    Shayne W. Miller-Westfield, 22, of Ashburn, was taken into custody without incident. Miller-Westfield was charged with reckless driving and felony hit and run.

    My thoughts exactly, FredSanford. The driver may not have even gotten a ticket, as my experience has been that a lot more drivers obey the rules of the road than bicyclists.

    (I’m not in any way casting the blame on the cyclist here, as the article didn’t detail the accident and I have no additional information.) But nearly every day I do see bicycles blowing through stop signs and red lights.

    Good job and good policework to those who closed this case so quickly. And most importantly, best wishes to Mr. Washington for a full and speedy recovery.

    Shayne Miller would have just received a ticket had he remained on the scene (assuming no foul play). But running just ruined his life. Felony hit and run is a Class 5 Felony that could get him 1 TO 10 yes in prison.


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