19800 Sycolin Road

A Leesburg cyclist died June 30 as a result of injuries sustained during a June 1 vehicle collision, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

Jesus Walter B. Ramos-Benitez, 41, was involved in a crash with a vehicle in the 19800 block of Sycolin Road on June 1. Ramos-Benitez was airlifted to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries after the incident. The driver of the vehicle remained on the scene.

The sheriff's office and Loudoun County commonwealth's attorney's office continue to investigate the crash.

(12) comments

romano

This is a terrible tragedy and my heart goes out to everyone involved. I certainly have no idea exactly what happened in this case. Having said that, I have seen often over the years cyclists riding dangerously on roads that are meant for cars, picking and choosing which traffic laws to obey and not obey. For reasons not obvious to me, they will often ride well into the road when they could be cycling comfortably along its edge, creating an aggravating situation for drivers. In many cases, there will be two cyclists side by side out in the road, I suppose just so they can chat while cycling. And it is a given that they will ignore most stop signs unless danger is present for them. Certainly there are drivers who need to have more patience for courteous cyclists, but many more cyclists need to have more respect for the cars in their environment. Absent that respect, emotion and resulting degrees of road rage are likely.

Well Water Person

Dry Mill Road, Colonial Highway (Old Route 7) and Harmony Church Road (Route 704) are three other highly dangerous roads for bikers.

rjsmith1

Agree. They are narrow roads where car drivers drive fast. One can only hope they are looking at the road and not their phones.

lovecountry

My condolences to the family of this man. I keep reiterating that bicycles have no business on these roads. People are driving within speed limit, comes up a hill or around the corner and suddenly find a bicyclist in front of them. It's simply not right. Not only are the cyclists at danger but so are drivers. Roads are built for cars. Bike paths are built for bikes. A lot of money is spent so that people can ride their bikes on path from Purcelville to DC. I understand that some people actually have no choice but to ride their bicycles, but the majority of the people I see are doing it for recreation. Not only do they clog the roads, they put others in danger with their choice not to use the bike trails.

LoudounPulse

Bikes have a "Right" to be on the roads and drivers of vehicles have to by law give them 3ft of space when passing.

RoundHillGuy

Yes they have the right, but that doesn't always mean they should . Country roads with 45 MPH speed limits, no shoulders and blind curves are no place for bikes. stay on the W&OD.

rjsmith1

I am a driver and a cyclist. This is an example of trying to blame the victim, who died, for the accident. In this case, we don't know what happened. The 'straw person' case you set up involved a car traveling within the speed limit and encounters a situation where they can't avoid hitting the cyclist. The more likely scenario is a driver who is focused on their phone and runs up on a cyclist. In our case, the bike path was designed for trains and converted for use by equestrians, runners, dog walkers, children, and walkers. Cyclists are a danger to others in this environment, so they have no place to ride that was 'designed for them'. I use a combination of paved roads, gravel roads, sidewalks, and the W&OD trail and try to get a workout in the process. What I cannot control is a car driver who does not focus on the task of driving.

amerigirl

I wonder of this was his only means of transportation. Sometimes you do what you have to do, very sad.

ChucklesTheClown

I can't imagine a more dangerous road to bike on.

marv

Clark's Gap Road into Waterford.

LoudounPulse

There is a curve right at Dry Mill Road and the W&OD trail where vehicles need to slow down as they round the corner.

rjsmith1

I have been on it many times. The thought of someone driving their car while texting is terrifying. I can't wait for self-driving cars to take over the roads. I will trust them more than the average driver.

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