“I walked past at about 8:30 when 16th was entirely shut down between Irving and Park. There was an SUV, a Prius, and a motorcycle on the street — no people from the vehicles, though. SUV was headed north, Prius south, motorcycle near the southside curb. It didn’t look as if the cars had collided.
At the time, there were no investigators on the scene — just cops to shut the street down. But the road was cleared and fire trucks and ambulances (saw one of each) were getting through en route to other destinations. If it’s still shut now, it can’t be good. (It must have happened about 8 or so. I walk home from K street, and traffic was fine until I got to about the park when I started passing all of the busses. By Euclid, I passed the bus I didn’t get on at M street, and they were lined up to Irving.)”
“Cop told me it was a motorcycle crash.”
“16th Street fully closed in Columbia Heights / Mt Pleasant”
“site is officially being treated as a crime scene. Looks grim, doesn’t seem likely to clear anytime soon.”
Update from MPD:
“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Major Crash Unit are investigating a traffic accident with injury that occurred on Thursday, October 13, 2016, at approximately 6:46 pm.
A motorcyclist was traveling northbound in the 3100 block of 16th Street, Northwest when he attempted to swerve to the left of a vehicle, who was also traveling northbound on 16th Street in the far left lane. In an attempt to pass the vehicle to the left, the motorcyclist side swiped the left front of the vehicle. This caused the motorcyclist to cross the double yellow line into oncoming traffic where he struck another vehicle, who was traveling southbound on 16th Street, Northwest. The motorcyclist, an adult male, was then propelled from his motorcycle. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the motorcyclist to a local hospital, where he was admitted and is listed in critical condition. No other injuries were reported.
This case remains under investigation. The Metropolitan Police Department is asking anyone with information about this case to call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the departments TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”