The fatal DC bike accident we commented on yesterday has revealed additional details. The bicyclist struck and killed by a military truck Monday evening was a 68-year-old wife and reporter with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (“AAAS”). The cyclist was in a collision with the military vehicle that was positioned near the White House in connection with the Nuclear Security Summit. The 5.5-ton National Guard truck and bike rider collided at about 6 p.m. at the intersection of New York Avenue and 12th Street NW in the District of Columbia. According to the report in the Washington Post, Maj. Gen. Errol Schwartz, commanding general of the D.C. National Guard, said the truck was “pulling forward” to help block the intersection for passage of a motorcade when the incident occurred.
A police statement issued Tuesday said the truck was not part of the motorcade when the accident occurred. D.C. police are investigating the accident. It does not appear that the cyclist was part of a training group or peloton speeding through downtown DC. Once again, cyclist lawyer Doug Landau and everyone at ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. hopes that a thorough investigation is completed promptly and that the cyclist’s family and friends are able to celebrate her life and accomplishments.