Two cyclists hit by car, apparently on purpose One victim is 10. Police arrest Bowie driver.

May 13, 1991|By Joe Nawrozki | Joe Nawrozki,Evening Sun Staff

A 33-year-old Bowie woman was being held today on $75,000 bail after being charged with intentionally running over two bicyclists with her car, including a 10-year-old boy who was hospitalized in serious condition.

Kathlynn Ann Najera, of the 1200 block of Patriot Lane, was charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder and assault and battery, said State Police at the Forestville barrack. She was being held at the Prince George's County Detention Center and faced a bail review hearing later today in Upper Marlboro.

The young victim, Dwayne Hawkins of Capitol Heights, was in serious condition today at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, according to a spokeswoman there.

The other person struck, Richard John Marek, 46, of Upper Marlboro, was treated for abrasions and lacerations at the scene and released, TFC Richard Barilone said.

"We have a considerable amount of evidence in this case but we're still checking out why this happened," Barilone said.

Included in the evidence, he said, was a videotape -- taken by someone who witnessed one of the cyclists hit -- that showed a white, late-model Honda speeding by just after one of the victims was struck.

"We didn't get the impact on tape but we captured the people saying that the person was hit and the driver of the car was leaving the scene," he said. "We got them repeating the suspect's license number."

Najera was arrested without incident on Md. 202, about three miles from where the second cyclist was struck, police said.

Barilone said Najera showed no evidence of alcohol or drug intoxication.

Police said the the two victims were run down on the shoulder of the southbound lanes of U.S. 301 near Upper Marlboro. Both victims were knocked several feet from their bicycles.

Marek, the first, was struck about 3 p.m. near Trade Zone Avenue. The driver of the car that hit him did not stop, witnesses told police.

The Hawkins youth was struck a few minutes later near Danover Avenue, about three miles from where Marek was struck.

The video tape was made after Hawkins was hit, police said.

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