French diplomat on bicycle struck by vehicle in Northwest; police say injuries minor

September 26, 2013

A French diplomat was struck by a vehicle Wednesday night while riding a bicycle in Northwest Washington, according to D.C. police.

The victim’s name was not disclosed. A spokeswoman for the French Embassy described the victim only as a diplomat. Police said the bicyclist's injuries were minor.

Police said the accident occurred about 9:20 p.m. at 36th and Garfield streets NW, near Massachusetts Avenue and a few blocks south of the Washington National Cathedral.

Officer Araz Alali said the driver of the vehicle and the bicyclist were going west on Garfield Street, and both turned left onto 3th Street. He said the vehicle turned in front of the bicyclist and they collided in the intersection.

The man identified as the driver of the vehicle declined to comment when reached by phone on Thursday.

Police said the bicyclist was taken to an area hospital, treated for minor injuries and released. No charges have been filed, the police said the investigation is continuing. The U.S. Secret Service also is involved in the case.

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