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Bicyclist, 41, struck, killed in Roland Park

Police say woman who struck, killed bicyclist in Roland Park left scene and returned.

A 41-year-old bicyclist was struck by a vehicle and killed Saturday afternoon in North Roland Park, police said.

The driver of the vehicle — a 58-year-old woman — initially left but returned while investigators were still on the scene, said Det. Jeremy Silbert, a department spokesman. She was being interviewed by police, said Silbert.

The crash occurred in the 5700 block of Roland Ave. at about 2:40 p.m. Detectives believe a Subaru station wagon was traveling southbound when it struck the bicyclist. Silbert said police would confer with prosecutors about whether charges would be filed.

Police later identified the victim as Thomas Palermo.

Jason La Canfora, the CBS reporter who covers the NFL and who lives in the area, said he saw the badly injured victim on the side of the road and stopped to call 911. He said the driver of the car was gone at that point.

A group of cyclists went looking for the vehicle and reported back to police that they had seen a car with a smashed windshield, La Canfora said. A short time later, the Subaru pulled up. He said its windshield was "three-quarters shattered."

"It was a massive impact," he said.

Peter Jackson, 29, who also saw the aftermath of the accident, said the road where the accident occurred has a bike lane.

He is a bicycle rider himself, and said such incidents "shake you to your core."

Saturday night, Bikemore President Jed Weeks released the following statement:

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man killed today while riding his bicycle on Roland Avenue.

While details of the crash are still emerging, it is clear that dedicated bicycle infrastructure was not enough to keep this rider safe.

We know the driver of the car involved initially fled the scene, leaving this man to die on the street.

Bikemore urges the justice system to hold the driver accountable for any and all negligent acts.

jfenton@baltsun.com

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