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Police ID bicyclist killed in accident

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(Courtesy of AAAS, self portrait painted by Constance Holden)

Update:

The American Association for the Advancement of Science released this statement about Constance Holden, 68, who was killed Monday when she was struck by a truck providing support for the Nuclear Security Summit.

The statement said that Holden was ". . . a veteran journalist and painter affectionately known to friends and colleagues as "Tancy."

"Holden had joined the staff of Science magazine in 1970. She was an award-winning reporter, highly regarded for her comprehensive coverage of the biological and genetic bases for human behavior. In addition to writing news features for four decades about social science, and particularly psychology, she had long edited the journal's weekly "Random Samples" page, a compendium of newsworthy scientific developments.

Holden was a highly accomplished artist whose oil paintings have regularly appeared on the walls of AAAS.

Alan I. Leshner, chief executive officer of AAAS and executive publisher of Science informed staff early Tuesday, noting that Holden "was held in very high esteem and with great affection by both those people with whom she worked and our readers. This is a terrible loss both personally and professionally for so many on our staff who knew her well."

Earlier post:

A bicyclist killed by a D.C. National Guard truck assigned to the Nuclear Security Summit has been identified as Constance Holden, 68, of Mount Pleasant.

A man who identified himself as Holden's husband during a phone call to her residence declined to comment.

Holden was hit about 6 p.m. at the corner of 12th and New York Avenue NW by the truck which a police statement said was assigned to a motoricade security route. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the truck was not part of a motorcade when the incident happened, and the driver of the truck was not injured.

-- Theola Labbé-DeBose and Mary Pat Flaherty

By Michael Bolden  |  April 13, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
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Comments

Reporters are animals. Leave the poor man alone.

Posted by: jiji1 | April 13, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Military vehicles have no reason to be performing law enforcement during peacetime.

Posted by: wpjunk | April 13, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

She was a very respected writer for the journal Science. This is a tragedy for her family and for the scientific community. http://bakser.aaas.org/news/releases/2004/0611holden.shtml

Posted by: danmcken@gmail.com | April 13, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

She was a very respected writer for the journal Science. This is a tragedy for her family and for the scientific community.

http://bakser.aaas.org/news/releases/2004/0611holden.shtml

Posted by: danmcken@gmail.com | April 13, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

"...and the driver of the truck was not injured."

Really? That's shocking.

Posted by: jenraeb | April 13, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

This is so terribly sad.

Posted by: happytoscruff | April 13, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Just goes to show that life can be taken away at any moment; something we have no control over. Rather a Military Veh or another Veh it could have happened. May she rest in peace and hopefully this will be an eye opener; never know how your day is going to go, it's something we have control over!

Posted by: shadon1 | April 13, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Yet another reason why a summit of this size, and requiring this level of security, should NOT be held in downtown DC.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | April 13, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

A soundbite on WUSA 9 yesterday, said that a female police officer had directed poor Ms. Holden to "move back, roll back". Did the officer not see she was directing the woman into an oncoming truck? This is horrible.

Posted by: Libramom | April 13, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

A tragedy indeed. Holden was a much admired and knowledgeable reporter. I hope there will be a full investigation.

Posted by: nashpaul | April 13, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

How tragic. Please, everyone. LOOK OUT for bikers and pedestrians!

Posted by: PepperDr | April 13, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

"A soundbite on WUSA 9 yesterday, said that a female police officer had directed poor Ms. Holden to "move back, roll back". Did the officer not see she was directing the woman into an oncoming truck? "

Because she probably wasn't.
How stupid do you think that she was to do that? This is one of those classic situations. The driver did not see her either because he wasn't looking or because he didn't care to look. And as a rider of two wheels you MUST expect this. You cannot place your life on the bet that someone driving a big four-wheel vehicle will look your way and avoid you, instead of not looking and almost hitting you.

People get into accidents all the time. Why do bicyclists think that it's different for them?

Posted by: dubya1938 | April 13, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I truly feel for her family but why was she down town any way. When the media clearly states to stay away from there if you have no business. Bikers do not rule the roads.

Posted by: amazing2 | April 13, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I truly feel for her family but why was she down town any way. When the media clearly states to stay away from there if you have no business. Bikers do not rule the roads. They will run right over you if you do not look out for them and on a one way street you look one way for an car hear they come the other way on a bike speeding like I don't know what and BAM knok you down.

Posted by: amazing2 | April 13, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

amazing2, she was downtown because that's where her job is. She had just left work. She was either a regular bike commuter or had ridden that day because of the traffic blockades. Those of us who work downtown don't get a day off because of summits, protests, motorcades, whatever, no matter what it does to traffic (we'd never go to work, if that was the case, since this happens all the time), so you can't really fault her for "being downtown."

Posted by: sunny617 | April 13, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately she did have business there...the AAAS building is blocks away from the convention center. My thoughts are with her family and co-workers.

Posted by: SavinGrace | April 13, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

jij1 shows its (not a him or a her, but an it or perhaps and id) lack of humanity. Just because Ms. Holden was educated, understood science and could read and write, you think she should be killed. Typical of the no-nothings who all too often populate the blog comments from the far far far Genghis Khan right. Get a life. Get a heart. Or perhaps a brain.

Posted by: voiceofsanityandreason | April 13, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

voiceofsanity, I think jiji1 was referring to the WaPo reporter who called the woman's house and spoke to the grieving husband.

Posted by: sunny617 | April 13, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

amazing2, you have no idea what you're talking about. I'm guessing you don't live in DC and rarely make it out of the 'burbs. Going to a Caps game and eating at Fuddruckers beforehand doesn't count. The one thing you're right about is that YOU have no business downtown.

Posted by: jschmugo | April 13, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

She lived on my street and rode her bike almost every day if the weather allowed. She was an elegant woman who biked in her work clothes --- usually a pretty floral skirt, pumps, her bright red hair flowing her helmut, and full make-up. At least on our street, she rode on the sidewalk. I occasionally saw her carefully navigating the sidewalk up on 16th St., obviously trying to avoid the wreckless, rushed drivers.

Posted by: susiebdc | April 13, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

The police should check phone logs to see if the driver was texting or talking on the phone.

It sounds like an accident, but with the "accidental" killings of a few thousand Iraqi and Afghan civilians by US national guards on their roads, it does make one wonder........

Posted by: michaelabeer | April 13, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

@sunny617--

I believe voiceofsanity may have been referring to jiji1's post on the earlier thread about this incident, which WAS inappropriate and out of line.

Posted by: ceebee2 | April 13, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Isn't riding on the sidewalks illegal?

Collateral damage comes home to roost.

Posted by: fireball72 | April 13, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Dear Obama you people are illiterate.

Posted by: jiji1 | April 14, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

bikes, pedestrians, and my donkey will "rule" the roads one day- the sooner the better. do you really think in all the short history of humankind, that 80 years of automobiles will last more than a nanosecond?
KEEP THINKING SMALL. it is what we do best, isn't it?

Posted by: nelliejan | April 14, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

bikes, pedestrians, and my donkey will "rule" the roads one day- the sooner the better. do you really think in all the short history of humankind, that 80 years of automobiles will last more than a nanosecond?
KEEP THINKING SMALL. it is what we do best, isn't it?

Posted by: nelliejan | April 14, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

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