Teen Hit on Bike


The Montgomery County Police Department is investigating a serious accident involving a bicyclist that occurred at 6:54 a.m. on August 23 at the intersection of Woodfield Road and Airpark Road.

According to police, a 2004, silver Nissan Sentra was traveling southbound on Woodfield Road and was continuing on a green light through the intersection of Airpark Road. Police said the bicyclist, identified by police as Nicole Polen (15), was attempting to cross Woodfield Road from east to west on the south side of the Airpark intersection when she was struck by the vehicle. The driver of the striking vehicle as well as numerous witnesses stopped at the scene and spoke with investigators, police said.

Police said the initial investigation indicates that the bicyclist, who was wearing a helmet, was in the crosswalk but was crossing against the pedestrian signal. Polen was accompanied by a 16-year-old friend also on a bicycle. The friend was not injured.

Polen, a Montgomery Village resident, was transported to a local hospital in serious condition and remains in the hospital with life-threatening-injuries. She will be a sophomore at Gaithersburg High School at the start of the new school year on Monday.

Police have identified the driver of the car as William Earle Maselas, age 30, of the 4200 block of Charley Forest Street in Olney. Maselas did not have any injuries.

The circumstances surrounding this collision remain under investigation. Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed this collision and have not already talked to investigators to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 301-840-2435. Callers may remain anonymous.

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One Response to “Teen Hit on Bike”

  1. On May 7, 2014 at 8:22 pm Kayla Garcia responded with... #

    The onus is on the child who initiated the crossing not on the one who trusted her. There was no reason to cross that road. No destination. No attraction. Just a teen’s careless whim

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