Bicyclist Hits, Kills Arlington, VA 80-year-old Woman Ita Lapina

8:13 PM, Jun 12, 2012   |    comments
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ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -- An elderly woman died on Monday after being struck by a bicyclist in Arlington, police said. 

It happened at around 7:11 a.m., after the bicyclist hit Ita Lapina, 80, of Arlington, on the Four Mile Run Bike Path near the 4900 block of Columbia Pike, police said. 

"According to a witness and the bicyclist, the 62 year old man was heading downhill on his Next Powerclimber bike when he saw the victim ahead of him and attempted to warn her by yelling "to your left" and ringing a bell. This is when the 80 year old woman stepped to her left and turned around to be struck head-on, causing her to fall backwards to the ground," police said. 

Lapina sustained significant head trauma after striking the back of her head on the pavement, police said. 

Lapina was pronounced dead at the hospital at 6:20 p.m. 

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