Bicycle Hits, Kills Man Crossing NW Street

By Clarence Williams and Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, February 4, 2007

A man was struck by a bicycle and killed yesterday while trying to cross the street in Northwest Washington, D.C. police said.

The man, who appeared to be in his 60s, was hit about 5:30 p.m. while walking across New Hampshire Avenue in the Petworth area, police said.

About one traffic fatality in five in the region involves a pedestrian death, but, according to authorities, few of the victims are hit by bicycles.

In last night's accident, which occurred just west of Rock Creek Cemetery and near Second Street, the man fell and struck his head after the collision, said Cmdr. Hilton Burton of the 4th Police District.

Burton said the bicycle was apparently moving "at a pretty good clip" when the incident occurred. Police said the cyclist, who was in his late 50s, was taken to a hospital for treatment of a head injury.

A resident of the area, who said he was also crossing New Hampshire in the 5000 block at the time of the accident, said it appeared that a dark-colored mountain bike was coming toward the intersection "pretty fast."

The witness, Adam Bansfield, said the pedestrian was walking toward some nearby stores and might have passed behind a car that was halted near New Hampshire Avenue and Farragut Street.

Bansfield said after the man was hit, he fell to the pavement and "didn't move." His head was "busted up pretty bad," Bansfield said.

In 2005, it was reported that about 90 pedestrians or bicyclists are killed each year in the Washington area. In 1983, a 63-year-old man was killed while crossing 14th Street downtown, and four years earlier, an 82-year-old man was fatally injured after being struck at 10th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

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