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Hit-and-run bicyclist injures elderly couple in the District

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By Carol Morello
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, November 26, 2010; 7:58 PM

Police are seeking a bicyclist they say ran into an elderly couple Friday as they were walking through an alley near the Washington Convention Center, critically injuring one before speeding away.

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The man and woman, both in their 70s, were in an alley off the 600 block of Massachusetts Avenue NW about 10 a.m. when they were were struck by the bicyclist, police said.

Injured when they fell to the ground, both victims were taken to a hospital. The man was admitted in critical condition, police said.

Police are characterizing the incident as a hit-and-run.

The bicyclist did not stop, instead heading south through the alley toward I Street. Police said he was described as having black hair and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark pants. He appeared to be riding a BMX-style bicycle designed for dirt roads and motocross cycling.

Police are offering a reward up to $1,000 for information leading to the bicyclist's arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099 or 1-888-919-2746. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 1-855-411-TIPS or sending a text message to 50411.

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