Driver who allegedly struck bicyclist on trail granted bond

A McLean woman accused of driving her car on the popular Washington & Old Dominion Trail and striking a bicyclist was granted a $10,000 bond Tuesday.

Mehak Chopra, 28, made a brief appearance in Fairfax County court, during which a prosecutor compared her use of a car to a gun.

Chopra allegedly struck the 65-year-old cyclist from Vienna on Saturday night while traveling at a high rate of speed on the trail near Vienna. Police have said the cyclist suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Chopra was charged with felony hit-and-run, driving under the influence and refusing a blood alcohol test. Her lawyer and family declined to comment Tuesday.


A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for August 13.


Mehak Chopra (Fairfax County Police)
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