Cyclist run over by Dump Truck

I’ve yet to hear a major news source report on this, but this morning, shortly after 9 a.m., a dump truck ran over a cyclist near 12th and I Streets. Apparently the cyclist was unconscious, and the tires of his bicycle still underneath the dump truck when the police arrived on scene.

Having just purchased a new bicycle this morning to start twice weekly commutes into Georgetown, incidents such as this put the fear of death deep down into my core. Perhaps falling down ravines and rendering one’s right knee useless for three years is a better option.

17 Comments so far

  1. wayan (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 12:39 pm

    Did you see this? Better yet, have a photo? And at which cross street between I and J?

  2. Mik (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 12:43 pm

    No, I did not see this, a friend did. Said friend works on I and 12th and 12th and New York, so I presume right around there?

  3. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 1:11 pm

    Was it a cyclist or a bike courier?

    One’s worth saving, the other, not so much…

  4. Mik (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 2:54 pm

    I am going on the information of another. I don’t know downtown, so between I and what logical streets surrounding I, 12th and New York? You tell me oh DCers.

    Tom: No clue, I presume a cyclist given the hour.

  5. wayan (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 3:07 pm

    MIK, would you check your sources please. Location and time are kinda important for us and are required to follow up with the MPD. And foolish me for forgetting the J Street joke:

  6. mik (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 3:47 pm

    Wayan – I stated the streets above, source says on I after 12th, and it was around 9 a.m.

  7. Rob (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 3:59 pm

    “Was it a cyclist or a bike courier?

    One’s worth saving, the other, not so much…”


  8. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 4:29 pm

    I take it you’ve never been barrelled over by a bike courier on the sidewalk, or subject to harassment because you asked him to slow down or watch where he was going. Or, perhaps, you’ve never watched one run every light, stop sign and signal in this town causing accidents and car drivers to swerve out of the way as they came barreling down the wrong way of a one way street?

    I hate bike couriers something fierce.

  9. Rob (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 5:48 pm

    yeah, “they” are all like that. good riddance if they get hit and die.

    man, the number of times i’ve had an “urban” person cross a street in front of me, not at a crosswalk mind you, in the middle of traffic is astounding. i hope they die too.

    *rolls eyes*

  10. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 7:07 pm

    Roll your eyes as much as you want, Rob, it doesn’t change the fact that a good majority of DC’s bike couriers are hazards, both to traffic and to pedestrians, and they deserve what they get when they fail to pay respect to the traffic laws.

  11. wayan (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 9:23 pm

    Rob, while I may dislike Segways, Tom thinks bike curriers are akin to Teste fly larvae. For us of the velocipedic persuasion, couriers are the pinnacle of independent locomotion.

  12. wayan (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 10:21 pm

    From a DC Tri Club Fourm post, originaly copied from the “D:20 list”:

    The street right outside my office (12th & I) is temporarily shut down by police who told me a cyclist was hit and dragged by a dump truck about half a block or more. Apparently, the driver of the truck was completely oblivious to the fact that they were dragging a person until a crowd of people screamed at him at the next intersection. I don’t know all the details but I believe this person was killed. Just wanted to see if anyone knew the full story or identity of the rider.

  13. Mik (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 8:34 am

    Wayan – I’ve still yet to see reports of this incident, sad really given the volume of people who witnessed it. I sincerely hope the cyclist made it.

  14. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 9:28 am

    Wayan, I dislike people who can’t play well with others, and that means not being fucking maniacs in traffic and on the sidewalk.

    That’s not too much to ask, is it?

  15. wayan (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 1:22 pm

    Interesting… I called 311 and was put through to DC Ambulance dispatch. They don’t have a record of a call for their services around 9am yesterday from 12th and I Streets.

    I also called WABA and they didn’t know of the accident. They’re gonna look into it too.

  16. Mik (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 8:09 am

    Still nothing, but a coworker did tell me yesterday that he heard it on whichever ratio station he listens to (my guess is hot 99.5 fm) on Tuesday.

  17. Hanna (unregistered) on August 6th, 2006 @ 8:37 am

    I ride bike and I’m always scared when have to drive busy routes. Why don’t they do special bikeroutes so we cab get to any part of the city with no harm?

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