D.C. man struck by hit-and-run bicyclist dies

By Paul Duggan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 8, 2010; 6:12 PM

A 78-year-old man died in a hospital Tuesday after being struck by a hit-and-run bicyclist in downtown Washington two weeks ago, police said.

Quan Chu, who lived in Northwest, and a woman, who is also in her 70s, were knocked to the ground by a speeding bicyclist about 10 a.m. on Nov. 26 as the two were walking in an alley off the 600 block of Massachusetts Avenue NW, near the Washington Convention Center, D.C. police said.

The woman, whom police did not identify, was also hospitalized with injuries. Authorities described the incident as a "hit-and-run" and said it was being investigated by the department's major crash unit.

The bicyclist did not stop and headed south through the alley toward I Street NW, officers said. They described him as having black hair and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark pants. He appeared to be riding a BMX-style bicycle designed for dirt roads and motocross cycling.

Police ask that anyone with information about the incident call 202-727-9099 or 888-919-2746. Anonymous information can be submitted to Crime Solvers by calling 866-411-TIPS or texting the department at 50411.

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