Capitol Hill Gem, Riverby Books, Remains Closed after Owner Hit by Truck and Killed last Nov.

417 E Capitol Street, SE

So sad. The Washington Post reported:

“Mr. Cymrot died Nov. 29 at a Washington hospital of injuries suffered in a Nov. 19 traffic accident, according to his wife. He was walking near the intersection of 4th and East Capitol Streets when he was hit by a truck. Details of the accident are under investigation by D.C. police. Mr. Cymrot was 72.”


5 Comment

  • Oh so sad! I didn’t know he had died. Such an interesting man and a wonderful bookstore. He was one of a vanishing breed of Booksellers. A loss to all.

  • My sincerest condolences to his family. I don’t think I ever met him in all my visits to that book store, but I imagine the space reflects his personality and it’s a warm, charming place.

  • clevelanddave

    Real nice guy. Gotten to know him and his son over the past few years. Sad, great loss.

  • How horrible! Both the terrible loss to the family and community and that this happened super close to my house at an intersection that never seemed particularly dicey. I had no idea. I’ve never been inside the store but always appreciated hearing the Capitol Hillbillies playing out front on summer Sunday afternoons. This store is a great neighborhood institution, and I hope it’s able to survive.

  • Very sad. I love this bookstore and hope it opens it’s doors again. My condolences for the surviving family and friends.

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