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Thomas Hollowell courtesy Handlebars DC

From a press release:

“Memorial Bike Ride for Thomas Hollowell
Thursday, Oct. 4, 5:15 p.m.
Farragut Square, DC

More than 300 bicyclists from across the DC region are expected gather on Thursday, October 4 at 5:15 p.m. to hold a memorial bike ride in memory of Thomas Hollowell. Dr. Hollowell was riding his bike to work on Mon., Sept. 24 when he was hit and killed by a driver running a red light at 12th & Constitution NW. Tom had been a bike commuter for more than 20 years. The ride will begin at Farragut Square and will end with a moment of silence at the crash site. Following the moment of silence, Dr. Hollowell’s family will dedicate a ghost bike in his memory.

Riders, as well as those joining on foot, are encouraged to wear white. The 1.5-mile route will take riders from Farragut Square down L Street. The route will turn right on 9th Street, and then right on Constitution Ave. Participants will ride slowly and silently, and will put their bicycles down for a moment of silence at the end of the ride.
At this ride, the organizers will be calling for:

• Signaled right and left turns on Constitution Ave. and Independence Ave.
• Red light and speed enforcement cameras at entrance/exit of 12th Street tunnel and
every major intersection on Constitution/Independence Avenues.
• Protected infrastructure for cyclists along the Mall
• Pedestrian crossing times that allow ALL pedestrians to make it across these major
thoroughfares without having to scramble
• Office of the DC Auditor to:

o Identify the extent to which the city has achieved identified goals
o Review the budget for Vision Zero and current expenditures; and the extent to
which these expenditures are in line with Vision Zero’s Action Plan

Dr. Hollowell was the fourth person traveling on two-wheels who was killed by a driver since June 23. Malik Habib was killed while riding his bike on H St NE on June 23; Jeff Long was killed while riding his bike on M St NW on July 7, Carlos Sanchez-Martin was killed while riding a scooter in Dupont Circle on Sept. 21; and Tom Hollowell on Sept. 24. After each tragedy, the bicycle community organized similar memorial rides.

More information about Dr. Hollowell’s memorial ride can be found here.

Update from MPD:

“Detectives with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Investigations Unit are investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred on Monday, September 24, 2018, in the 1200 block of Constitution Avenue, Northwest.

The preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 7:31 am, an adult male riding a bicycle was traveling eastbound in the 1200 block of Constitution Avenue, Northwest, crossing over 12th Street. The operator of a dark colored sedan entered the crosswalk and proceeded through the intersection on a red traffic signal, striking the bicyclist at a high rate of speed. After the collision, the driver of the sedan continued northbound on 12th Street, Northwest without stopping.

The decedent has been identified as 64-year-old Thomas Hendricks Hollowell, of Arlington, VA.

On Friday, October 12, 2018, pursuant to a DC Superior Court warrant, 20-year-old Phillip Peoples, of Suitland, MD, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder.”

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