UPDATED: Teen Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries In Cycling Accident Early Thursday

Police: 15-year-old female involved in serious collision at the intersection of Route 124 and Airpark Road in Gaithersburg.

Update (2:46 p.m.): Montgomery County police have identified the victim of the collision as Nicole Marie Polen, 15, of the 19900 block of Burchap Place in Montgomery Village. Nicole will be a junior at at the start of the school year on Monday, police said.

Polen was accompanied by a 16-year-old friend, who was not injured, police said.

The driver of the vehicle was William Earle Maselas, 30, of the 4200 block of Charley Forest Street in Olney, police said. Maselas did not have any injuries and remained at the scene with witnesses to speak with police.

Police confirmed that although Polen and her friend were in a crosswalk, they attempted to cross the intersection of Route 124 and Airpark Road against the pedestrian signal.

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

Update (1:48 p.m.): The 15-year-old victim and her teenage friend were crossing the intersection of Route 124 and Airpark Road in Gaithersburg in the crosswalk at a time they were not supposed to be crossing when the victim was struck by a vehicle, NBC Washington reported.

The victim was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident and was thrown from her bicycle, according to the report. The victim's friend, who was also riding a bicycle, managed to cross the road safely.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the 15-year-old girl remained at the scene.

Watch the full report on NBC Washington.

Original Post (8:56 a.m.): A 15-year-old girl suffered serious, life-threatening injuries in a collision at the intersection of Route 124 (Woodfield Road) and Airpark Road in Gaithersburg early Thursday, Montgomery County police tweeted.

The girl, who was riding her bicycle, was struck just before 7 a.m. and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital, police spokesperson officer Rebecca Innocenti told Patch. 

Southband lanes on Route 124 were closed as of 8:40 a.m. while MCPD's Collision Reconstruction Unit investigated the incident, Innocenti said. It was  unclear if the girl was crossing the intersection or riding her bike with the flow of traffic, she added.

Editor's Note: This article was corrected at 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 27 to correctly reflect Polen's grade at Gaithersburg High School. Montgomery County Police initially reported Polen would be a sophomore in 2012.

Greg Cohen January 08, 2013 at 06:41 PM
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CV February 06, 2013 at 01:48 AM
How do you know that the "other girl" not offering one word of comfort is intentional? I don't know how you can know or understand what she is going through. Or how she is dealing with it. And while it may pale in comparison to Nicole's injuries, remember, she is only 15 years old. I am glad Ms. Browns comments were removed. I don't know what purpose they served.
Kathy K. February 06, 2013 at 06:51 PM
The "other" girl was 16, possibly 17 by now. It is very wrong for the other girl to go on with life and school, but not be able to write a note to Nicole. Not visiting, I can understand, Nicole was severely injured and the appearance was shocking. Not calling okay. But not writing? Who can't sit down and put pen to paper unless they refuse to do so. With all of the losses and suffering Nicole has endured, it is disrepectful to not show that her life was precious enough to warrant one note from the "other" girl. Nicole is paying the price for the other girl's poor bike route choice. That is not worth even one note? The purpose served by Ms. Brown's comments were to point out that the family is being cruel and disrespectful by not having their daughter show Nicole a simple common decency. Society should not allow this.
Monica Goodman February 14, 2013 at 12:44 AM
Please continue prayers for Nicole. Her family is still struggling to deal with the great losses and Nicole's struggles.
Monica Goodman March 05, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Another thought: If the bike route choice is not a contributing factor to the accident, then the family of the uninjured girl would be fine with the uninjured girls taking her sister on the same ride in the same conditions.


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