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Posted at 6:49 PM ET, 04/12/2010

Bicyclist killed on N.Y. Avenue

By Michael Bolden

Update, 7:23 p.m.:A bicyclist was fatally injured Monday night after she was struck by a vehicle in a military convoy connected with the nuclear security summit being held at the Washington Convention Center, authorities said.

The bicyclist, a woman, was hit about 6 p.m. at the corner of 12th and New York Avenue NW, said D.C. police spokesman Quintin Peterson.

“It was horrific,” said a woman who declined to give her name, but was clearly shaken after seeing the incident as she emerged from a nearby restaurant.

Further details were not immediately available.

The District Department of Transportation reports that a pedestrian was struck at 12th Street and New York Avenue NW. More details to come. Expect additional delays in the area..

By Michael Bolden  | April 12, 2010; 6:49 PM ET
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I predicted incidents like this would happen. Fenty promoted more bike riders and creating bike lanes throughout the city...and DC is already congested for drivers as is. We will see more accidents like this over the summer months.

Posted by: winston61 | April 12, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Not enough clearance to ride a bike in DC or the space necessary to safely stop to avoid vehicles and people either on the street or on the sidewalk. There was this man who used to ride his bike everyday down the street where I worked in Fairfax who crossed a busy intersection. One day all I saw were about 8 police cars and yellow tape around his bike down in the middle of the road. Never saw the guy again.

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | April 12, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

What is a military convoy doing rolling around downtown Washington?

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | April 12, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, after that man disappeared a woman appeared to take his place crossing the same busy intersection as if in his memory -- in shorts!

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | April 12, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Cyclists are always running stop signs and red lights without so much as slowing down. I wonder if that's what happened here?

Posted by: kwijibo | April 12, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm disturbed by the lack of compassion here for the biker and bikers in general! Realize that every bicycle on the road represents ONE LESS CAR!

They are doing you a favor by riding. Bikes don't put off emissions like all of those stinky cars. And the rider gains the health benefits of cardiovascular exercise, which result in fewer hospital visits and lower cost healthcare for everyone.

We need many more bike lanes in DC, so we can easily get between parts of the city by bike. Fenty has made important progress on making DC more bike friendly, for the reasons above (congestion relief, less pollution, healthier populace), plus it is fun to bike ride! What's not to like?

We just need more driver education, so they know to treat bikes like cars on the road. Bikes are legally responsible to act like cars when they are on the road -- with the exception that they can pass and be passed without fully getting out of the same lane. I think it is at least 3 feet that cars and bikes must keep between them.

Apparently within the military there needs to be some extreme education on this, as well as among civilians. I wonder how this accident happened. I believe education and compassion are the keys to preventing future accidents.

Posted by: ellocin1 | April 13, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

It's the bikers fault, unfortunetly.....How can you miss such a big vehicle....with 3/4 of them back to back!

If bikers wanna ride like cars, they should obey just like cars and not just continue through Red lights, stop signs, and road blocks.......May we all learn from this unfortunete (sp?) accident.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 13, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

This is sad news.

I am also particularly discouraged by the many bike-bullying comments here.

Bikes have a legal right to the road.

Get used to us: we're going places, and we want to -and have a right- to get there safely!

So chill out a little, be a mindful driver, and quit bullying us on the road!

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

I'm seeing a few comments here about cyclists running stops/reds/etc. -- like cars NEVER do. Right. Now, let's focus....

Someone DIED out there, no matter whose fault it was; IF the rider ran a roadblock, it was wrong, but the rider is still DEAD. If the rider was in the right, then the rider is WRONGLY DEAD. Time for us, as a people, to get more bent out of shape about people dying than we do about whose fault it was.

Posted by: CTD50 | April 18, 2010 1:01 AM | Report abuse

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