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Police are looking for anyone who might have seen a possible hit-and-run accident in Bethesda that sent a bicyclist to the hospital Friday morning.

At about 10:30 a.m., a newer model, dark blue minivan may have struck a woman riding her bicycle on Massachusetts Avenue at Cromwell Drive, said Officer Janelle Smith, spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Police Department. The woman's name was not immediately available.

Capt. Tom Didone, traffic division director, said the accident still is under investigation.

"There may or may not have been actual contact between the biker and the van," he said. After the accident, the cyclist said the van made a sudden lane change and hit her, Didone said, but preliminary investigations of the damage did not show any signs of the van hitting the bicycle.

Police still are investigating whether the van pulled in front of the woman and she lost control of her bike or whether the van actually struck her, Didone said.

The cyclist was taken to the hospital with face, neck and back injuries, Smith said. The injuries were not life threatening, and she now is out of the hospital, he said. The van was last seen heading south on Massachusetts Avenue toward Washington, D.C., and may have damage on the passenger side.

Anyone with information about the accident should call the Bethesda station at 301-652-9200.

ewaibel@gazette.net