Retired Navy Capt. Timothy A. Holden, a former commander of an elite Navy SEAL team, was laid to rest Friday in Arlington National Cemetery, nearly four months after he was struck and killed by a motorist while riding his bicycle in Montgomery County.
His funeral cortege was saluted at the cemetery by a contingent of several hundred local cyclists, and they escorted him across Memorial Bridge to the cemetery. As he was laid to rest, the strains of taps were played on the bugle and “Amazing Grace” played on the bagpipes.
“We’re doing this because it could have been any one of us,” said Tom Craver, of the Bethesda Edge Cycling Club, who helped organize the event. He said Holden was very fit, had been a marathoner and was an avid cyclist.
“Tim was doing everything right,” he said. “He was wearing lights. He was on the side of the road, and he lost his life.”
Holden, 64, of Bethesda, was struck and killed shortly after 6 a.m. Aug. 28 as he was riding his bike in the 6000 block of Massachusetts Avenue, near his home, police said.
The driver of the car, Ricardo K. Freeman, 22, of Edgewood, Md., was charged with negligent driving, failure to pass a cyclist at a safe distance, and failure to avoid a collision with a cyclist, according to court records. He was fined $690, the records state.
Officials said neither speed nor drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident. Freeman and a co-worker were driving from Baltimore to a construction job, and Freeman may have nodded off.
Holden was a 1972 Naval Academy graduate, had commanded SEAL Team One, and had served in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
He retired from the Navy in 2001, and was chief strategy officer at Iomaxis, a Virginia technology firm.
The busy cemetery said that it is not uncommon for a burial there to take place several months after death.