Police in P.G. charge woman with running down 2 bicyclists

May 13, 1991|By Michael James

Two bicyclists were severely injured in Prince George's County yesterday when they were run down in separate incidents four miles and about four minutes apart by the same car, state police reported.

Police said a witness to the first incident pursued the car and was photographing it with a video camera when the second person was struck. The tape was on its way last night to the Forestville barracks.

Police said the hit-and-run driver -- who was captured about three miles from the site of the second incident -- later told them she had intentionally tried to run down the bicyclists.

The two victims were run down on the shoulder of the southbound lanes of U.S. 301 in the Upper Marlboro area. Both bicyclists -- a 10-year-old boy and a 47-year-old man -- were knocked several feet into nearby woods, police said.

The driver, identified as Kathlynn Ann Najera, 33, of Bowie, was charged with two counts each of assault with intent to murder and assault and battery.

Police said the first bicyclist, Richard John Marek, 47, of Upper Marlboro, was struck at about 3 p.m. near the intersection of Trade Zone Avenue and U.S. 301.

The car did not stop. The driver continued south along the highway and minutes later struck the other bicycle, ridden by 10-year-old Dwayne Hawkins of Capitol Heights, Trooper Michael White of the state police in Forestville said.

Police said the boy's bicycle was struck near the intersection of Danover Avenue in Upper Marlboro.

Mr. Marek was listed in serious condition at the shock trauma unit of the Prince George's Hospital Center, according to police. Dwayne, who was in critical condition, was transferred from the trauma unit to the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, the trooper said.

Trooper White said both bicyclists had suffered serious internal injuries.

Within minutes of the incidents, state police received a description of the car, spotted the vehicle and stopped it on Route 202. Ms. Najera was arrested without incident.

Trooper White said Ms. Najera did not know either of the victims. The motive for the incident appeared to have been dislike for bicycle riders, the policeman said.

"We're quite sure the intention was to run down both cyclists, and we're quite sure that the intention was to kill them both," Trooper White said. "Our background information leads us to believe" that the victims were struck down because they were riding bicycles, he said.

Ms. Najera was awaiting a bail hearing before a district court commissioner in Upper Marlboro last night.

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