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UPDATED: Cyclist Hit by School Bus in Darnestown

No students injured; cyclist in serious condition

(UPDATED 12:30 a.m.) For reasons still under police investigation, a cyclist traveling north on Berryville Road was hit by a Montgomery County school bus carrying students east on Darnestown Road, Montgomery County Police said in an update released late Wednesday night.

Police said the name of the bicyclist—who remains in critical condition—would be released once the family was notified.

The school bus driver, Michael Rinaldo, 53, of Germantown, was transported to an area hospital for a check-up, police said.

The school bus was carrying 29 students from Poolesville High School. None of the students were injured, according to police.

At around 2:30 p.m., police and emergency responders were dispatched to reports of a crash in which a school bus struck an bicyclist, leaving him in critical condition.

Investigators have asked anyone who witnessed this collision and have not spoken to detectives to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.  Callers may remain anonymous.

(Original) DARNESTOWN—A bicyclist is in serious condition after being hit by a school bus carrying students in Darnestown on Wednesday, according to police.

Rescuers were dispatched to Darnestown and Berryville Roads at around 2:30 p.m. for reports of a crash involving a cyclist and a bus, Montgomery County Police Officer Britta Thomas said.

The cyclist was transported to the hospital for serious, life-threatening injuries, according to Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service spokesman Scott Graham.

The bus driver was treated for minor injuries, Graham said.

No students were injured in the crash, according to Dana Tofig, a spokesman for Montgomery County Public Schools.

Tofig said the bus was carrying students from Poolesville High School. It wasn’t clear how many students were on the bus.

Thomas said traffic is closed in each direction of the crash.

Information about what caused the crash was unavailable.

DJ McKenna October 25, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Please post an update on the cyclists condition when you have an update.
Joe Thomas October 25, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I doubt if they will keep it a secret.
donna leslie October 25, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I want to know why the bike lanes were painted in last night? why not after it was re paved durning the summer? I heard his family hasn't bee notified but he did pass away! Tragic accident for all involved. Prayers for everyone
Tiffany Arnold (Editor) October 25, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Donna, could you email me off-line at tiffany.arnold@gmail.com?
donna leslie October 26, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Tiffany, I sent you an email. Mine is dleslie03@aol.com. I'll be happy to answer any question. I'm a school bus drive for Montgomery Co. I drive out of Darnestown Elem.
Pacelines October 26, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Could someone confirm if the cyclist involved in this accident has died? Where can we pay our respects to this fellow and his family?
Tiffany Arnold (Editor) October 26, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Just got an update from MCP. The man is still in critical condition and he's been identified. I'll be posting an update here, pretty soon
Friend October 28, 2012 at 01:23 PM
He has not passed away. I am frIends of the cyclist and his family.
Jason October 29, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Can you share his name?
Tiffany Arnold (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 03:27 AM
@Friend, I hope all is well with Mr. Breithaupt. @Jason, his name is Michael Wilhelm Breithaupt. We ran an update to the story on Friday. Here's the link: http://patch.com/A-yZ4T
Friend October 29, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Yes that is his name. I have been friends with his wife and sister in law for 30+ years. I will confirm he is still in critical condition. Although I understand your concerns please don't try contacting the family at this time. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
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