An elderly walker on the Four Mile Run Bike Path was killed after she was struck by a passing cyclist, Arlington police said Tuesday.
Ita Lapina, 80, of Arlington died of “significant head trauma” when a bike ridden by a 62-year-old cyclist collided with her and she fell backward and hit her head on the ground.
According to a police report, at about 7:11 a.m. on Monday, the biker was heading downhill near the 4900 block of Columbia Pike when he saw Ms. Lapina ahead of him. He yelled “to your left” and rang his bike bell, but Ms. Lapina stepped to her left and directly into his path.
The cyclist stayed with Ms. Lapina until police arrived. She was taken to a hospital where she died.
The cyclist was treated on site for a minor knee injury.
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