Washington, DC

“Dear PoPville,

The motorcyclist that died in this crash was Romain Picou. Romain died Wednesday morning driving to work on Kansas Avenue NW, when a car turning left from Madison entered the one lane road and Romain’s lane. Romain hit the passenger door and was thrown off of his motorcycle. The driver of the vehicle was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Romain died from his.

Romain was my friend and a brother. I simply don’t have the words to convey the character, class, and charisma he carried with him everywhere he went. His light was snuffed too soon and while it breaks my heart, I am honored to have known him.

I’m not religious, so death has always been difficult to process from that perspective. I like to think to the book/movie Cloud Atlas in times like this, which follows 6 story-lines across 6 timelines. Over the course of the story you come to realize that each timeline is interconnected and the characters, reincarnations of their past self’s, always seem to find each other.

All this to say, while we have lost Romain in this story-line I hold out hope that the bond we shared was strong enough that I will find him again in the next.

In remembrance of Romain, I’d like to ask everyone reading to take a moment to reflect on your relationships. Hug your friends. Call your mother. Reach out and reconnect.

The Picou-Pary family is inviting all to come celebrate the life of our son, brother, and friend on Monday October 7th, 2019. Please feel free to pass along the message and attend any or all of the following events:

The Picou-Pary family is inviting all to come celebrate the life of our son, brother, and friend, Romain Picou, on Sunday October 6th through Monday October 7th, 2019. Please feel free to pass along the message and attend any or all of the following events:

Viewing
Sunday October 6 – 2 to 4pm & 6 to 8 pm
Donaldson Funeral Home
12540 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029

Viewing
Monday October 7 – 8:30 to 10:30am
Ceremony (11:00am)
St Louis Church
12500 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029

Burial
Immediately following the ceremony
St.Louis Cemetery
10 Oaks Rd, Clarksville, MD 21029

Celebration of life
Monday October 7 from 1pm to late
Little St Cloud Farm
12745 Lime Kiln RD
Highland, MD 20777″

Ed. Note: Police report on the incident:

“Detectives with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Investigations Unit are investigating a traffic fatality involving a vehicle and motorcycle that occurred on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, in the intersection of Madison Avenue and Kansas Avenue, Northwest.

At approximately 7:54 am, a Triumph motorcycle was traveling northeast bound on Kansas Avenue, NW. A Nissan Rogue was traveling east bound on Madison Avenue, NW. The SUV entered the intersection of Kansas Avenue and Madison Avenue, NW and pulled into the path of the motorcycle. The motorcycle struck the SUV in the front passenger door of the SUV. The SUV was then redirected and struck a Ford truck that was waiting, at the stop sign facing west on Madison Avenue, NW. The impact caused the operator of the Triumph to be ejected. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the operator of the motorcycle to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the Nissan Rouge was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The decedent has been identified as 28 year-old Oliver Romain, of Highland, MD.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is requested to contact the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099.”

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