Gaithersburg bicyclist, 16, dies after collision
This story was corrected on Aug. 13, 2009. An explanation of the correction is at the end of the story.
A 16-year-old Gaithersburg girl died Monday from injuries she received after being hit by a car while crossing the street on a bicycle, according to police.
Codi Nicole Alexander, of the unit block of Country Woods Court, was riding along a sidewalk on Great Seneca Highway in Gaithersburg and was struck by a 2002 Honda CR-V shortly before 3 p.m. on Aug. 5 as she crossed the entrance ramp to Sam Eig Highway, Montgomery County Police reported. She was taken to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda in critical condition and died from her injuries Monday, police said.
Alexander was a rising junior at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, according to Montgomery County Public Schools spokeswoman Kate Harrison.
Alexander was wearing a helmet when she was struck, police spokeswoman Lucille Baur said. There is a crosswalk at the ramp.
The 66-year-old driver Rodolfo Ayala Silaba, of the 11600 block of Bedford Court in Germantown, remained at the scene, police said. The collision is under investigation, Baur said, and police have not yet determined whether charges will be filed.
Police are still investigating where Alexander was in the road when she was struck, Baur said. Alexander was in the beginning stages of crossing the ramp and at least a portion of the bike was in the street, she said. The vehicle did not leave the roadway, she said.
Alexander worked as a lifeguard and was part of the International Baccalaureate program at Richard Montgomery, said Laura Quigley, a volunteer at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church whose daughter Amanda was friends with Alexander. Alexander was an altar server at the Gaithersburg church and helped start a mentoring group for girls.
"She was a light, she was really a radiant young girl. Everybody loved Codi," said Quigley of Gaithersburg.
A Facebook.com tribute page to Alexander had 788 members as of Tuesday afternoon.
"Remember always that your daughter was the most amazing person on this earth," a friend posted in a message to Alexander's family. "Always loving and sweet, she put others before herself. I remember that her goal in life was to cure cancer, and i know she would have done it. Codi was one of the best friends i have ever had. I'll pray for her and you forever."
Alexander also played soccer at Richard Montgomery.
"The Richard Montgomery Community extends our sympathy and condolences to the Alexander family," Principal Nelson McLeod wrote in an e-mail to The Gazette. "Codi was a vibrant student that was full of energy. She was a scholar athlete and a dedicated soccer player."
Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call 301-840-2435.
Correction: Due to incorrect information provided by Montgomery County Police, the Aug. 12 report "Gaithersburg bicyclist, 16, dies after collision" contained several errors. Codi Alexander was wearing a helmet when she was struck by a vehicle and there is a crosswalk at the intersection she was attempting to cross. Police spokeswoman Lucille Baur also clarified that police are still investigating where Alexander was when she was hit. Alexander was in the early stages of crossing and at least a portion of the bicycle was in the street, she said, and the striking vehicle did not leave the roadway.