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This story was updated at 3:37 p.m. on Aug. 28, 2012.

A bicyclist struck by a car Thursday morning while attempting to cross Woodfield Road in Gaithersburg remains in critical condition as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Officer Janelle Smith of the Montgomery County Police Department.

Nicole Marie Polen, 15, of Montgomery Village, and her 16-year-old friend were in the crosswalk but were crossing against the traffic signal, said Officer Rebecca Innocenti, a county police spokesperson.

“They were going against the signal the whole time,” Innocenti said. “They had made it across the northbound lanes, but then they continued into the southbound lanes where she was struck.”

Police identified William Earle Maselas, 30, of the 4200 block of Charley Forest Street in Olney as the driver of the 2004, silver Nissan Sentra that struck Polen in the southbound lanes of Woodfield Road at the intersection with Airpark Road in Gaithersburg. Maselas remained at the scene and spoke with police, Innocenti said. Maselas was not injured.

Polen, an incoming junior at Gaithersburg High School, was taken to a local hospital trauma center Thursday, Innocenti said. The other bicyclist was not struck or injured, she added.

Michele Delozier, a neighbor of the Polens, said she has seen Polen grow up mostly from afar and described Polen as an average, athletic kid who looked happy.

She said she heard about the accident from her husband Thursday afternoon.

“It just broke my heart,” she said.

An investigation into the collision was launched by experts from the department’s Collision Reconstruction Unit. No charges have been filed.

CRU detectives are still interested in speaking with anyone who witnessed the collision and are asking those with any information to contact their offices at 301-840-2435.

jarias@gazette.net

Staff Writer Lindsay Powers contributed to this report.