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Horseback rider injured by motorcyclist in park

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MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- The fight these days at the Manassas National Battlefield Park, according to some, are now about drivers and horseback riders.

For a Herndon woman, an enjoyable ride on horseback ended in a trip to the emergency room. 

The Herndon woman who doesn't want to be identified says it's all because of an impatient motorcyclist who ruined it all. "He was headed right at us, swerved at the last minute behind us and revved his engine."

The woman who doesn't want to be identified, is recovering from a sprained ankle and whip lash after horseback riding through Manassas National Battlefield Park on Sunday.  

She says an impatient motorcyclist is to blame.

"We were almost to the other side we started hearing some horns and a motorcyclist crossed the double yellow line and headed right toward us. He actually passed 5 stopped cars." She and her friend were crossing Lee Highway when the motorcyclist revved the engine, spooking the horses. 

"To me it was a malicious act where he knew what he was doing and spooked the horses." When the horses bumped each other on the jagged rocks the woman was thrown, nearly hitting the electric pole head on.

We talked with Julie Duchin-Baniowski who had just finished her ride when the accident happened. WUSA9 talked with her by phone and says she had a similar incident happen to her a couple of weeks ago.

"There was a motorcycle way back coming down the road and we were walking and the guy would not stop. He literally said, you have no right to be here."

The National Park Service says this is a designated Horse crossing. But there are no signs and no paint marks to indicate the crossing on the road but horseback riders would like to see that changed.

"What we need more are defined lines." Julie believes what happened to her is connected to the same motorcyclist as the incident a few days ago. "As soon as they described the motorcycle and what he was wearing, silver and green jacket. Same guy." 

"I thank God I only have a sprained ankle and whiplash. It could have been a whole lot worse. This is going to happen to someone else and they could die from an accident that occurs."

Prince William County Police have not been able to identify the motorcyclist. They have a case number but no report because witnesses were only able to get a partial license plate and the case is considered reckless driving.

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