By SHERRI LY - myfoxdc
WASHINGTON - Constance Holden was on her bike when she was struck and killed Monday night by a military vehicle that was along the motorcade route for the Nuclear Security Summit. The 68-year-old was an award-winning journalist and a talented artist.
Holden was a senior science journalist for the journal Science, a place she had worked for 40 years. Friends and co-workers say she was an adventurer, someone who never let anything stand in her way.
"She was absolutely original," said Caroline "C.C." Ramsay, a lifelong friend since their 20s.
Holden was like her works of art. Friends who called her “Tancy,” say there was no one else like her. She was killed riding her bike home from work after being struck by a National Guard truck that was part of security for the Nuclear Security Summit.
A "ghost bike" painted white now rests near the accident, a memorial to Holden and a reminder of the horrific collision.
The accident is still under investigation and the driver has not been charged. The truck was moving forward at slow speed to block an intersection for a coming motorcade when it collided with Holden on her bike. Friends remain in disbelief.
"I'm very sad. I just can't believe it. It's just like I can't believe it," said Ramsay.
On Tuesday, the commanding general of the D.C. National Guard offered his condolences to Holden's family, friends and co-workers.
The magazine where she worked has set up a memorial page on its website. David Grimm, Editor for ScienceNOW, wrote "today, we are silent because we are mourning the loss of a dear friend and colleague. Tomorrow, the office will be silent because the voice of one of its most outspoken and gregarious members is missing."
At 68-years old, Holden's was a life still cut too short.
The memorial page for Constance Holden: http://www.sciencemag.org/extra/holden/