Cyclist Seriously Injured in Hit & Run Near 3rd & H Street Last Night
A man was riding his Capital Bikeshare bike in the 200 block of H Street just before 10pm when the driver of a dark grey 4-door Honda Accord struck him, and kept driving east on H Street. The man was rushed to the hospital with serious/life threatening injuries. MPD is searching for the driver, & asking any potential witnesses to please contact MPD at (202)727-9099 (on most cell phones you can also anonymously send MPD text messages at 50411). According to WTOP, the man is in serious condition.
Twitter users quickly took notice of the collision, with one reader tweeting the image below.
@FrozenTropics @districtcuisine @morgandavidson @20002ist was eastbound but up on the bridge. Bikeshare rider. pic.twitter.com/Jiet5zDXW3I also received an email from a concerned reader who walked by after the man was hit. The reader writes:
— Keith Sweat (@damaja) May 2, 2014
[It]didn't look good and I'm surprised the guy is alive. Beyond this, if you could draw attention to the fact that the light at the top of the bridge, which you have to use if you want to get to Union Station, is absurdly short and makes that whole area really dangerous. It literally lasts just long enough to cross one lane of traffic and then the cars come flying up the bridge and if they don't see you it's not good. Have seen several very near misses and I try to avoid walking that way if possible.It's definitely true that using the Hopscotch Bridge has not been fun for pedestrians in recent memory. Between closed sidewalks, and construction, it can be more than a bit treacherous.
This was not the only local car/bike collision. A cyclist was also reportedly hit at 11th & Maryland about 7:30 (according to Twitter user @CapitolRomance), but that driver stuck around.