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Old 07-14-07, 02:28 PM
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Seeking Information on a Washington DC Cyclist Hit and Run

Dear Members,

I am seeking information for my brother, an avid cyclist.
My brother was run over by a car in a designated bike lane while commuting home to
his wife and three year old son Wednesday evening. The driver of the vehicle ran
and left my brother in the middle of the road. Thankfully a bike messenger and some
locals pulled him from the road and called an ambulance. Remarkably after smashing
into the car at 15-20 mph, without warning (he said he never even touched the brakes)
his steel Mercier shattered but, he will be OK. Torn Ligaments and a Hamstring,
chipped and bruised but, alive. For a life long cyclist in his late 40's who commutes 4
thousand miles a year, he is talking about throwing in the towel. I will list the specifics
but I am asking for anyone in the Washington DC area who saw the accident or knows
anything about the deliver to contact me. For any information leading to the arrest
of the driver I will offer an cash reward. Thank you.


Time: 6:45 - 7:00 p.m Wednesday July 11th.
Location: East corner of 14th Street and Taylor Street, Washington, DC, NW.
Automobile: Green, blue/ green or blue sedan, probably a Honda Accord,
with Maryland Chesapeake Bay Decorative license plates, number 86570.
Witnesses did not identify the two small letters stacked on top of each other
on the plate. DC police say they cannot find driver without knowing what were
these letters.
Driver: African American. Appeared to be in 20s to 40s.
Incident: Bicyclist was traveling north approximately 15 to 20 mph on
14th Street in bicycle lane with right of way. Car moved into bicycle
lane just a few feet in front of bicyclist, who was not able to break or
swerve to avoid. Bicyclist smashed into and dented car on at front of front,
left quarter panel and flipped over handle bars and part of car hood into
traffic lane of 14th street. Driver immediately left scene of accident.
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Old 07-16-07, 08:25 AM
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hi

sorry your brother got nailed. glad he is ok. forget about depending on dc cops to help you. get on the horn with md mva to figure out the possible letter combinations and then cross reference to color and make. its kind of a no brainer. here's a place to start:

http://www.marylandmva.com/Resources...Tag_Scheme.pdf

later
dave in dc

PS you could also try going to that area around the same time and look for the car.

Originally Posted by christoph1
Dear Members,

I am seeking information for my brother, an avid cyclist.

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Automobile: Green, blue/ green or blue sedan, probably a Honda Accord,
with Maryland Chesapeake Bay Decorative license plates, number 86570.
Witnesses did not identify the two small letters stacked on top of each other
on the plate. DC police say they cannot find driver without knowing what were
these letters.
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Old 07-16-07, 09:57 AM
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I got this responce on another list:
My experience with Montgomery County police after a very serious hit
and run was that they would not initially put adequate resources on
the case. Initially they assigned a lower ranking officer from the
local station to look into it, and he didn't even call the witness.
Only when I called the police chief's office to marvel at the lack of
effort given the victim's state (in a coma) did they assign a more
experienced detective. He did a lot of legwork, but said he couldn't
do searches based on vehicle make, model and color (no one saw the
license plate). About a month later the victim died, which elevated
the case, so a specialist officer from the collision reconstruction
unit took over. He used the state database to do the very searches
the other officer said couldn't be done - amazing. So the technology
is out there if not the motivation. To get results, first complain
to police HQ, then get politicians involved, then even contact a
reporter or two. You might also have an organization like WABA do it
for extra clout.
Unfortunately in the Montgomery case the perpetrator
was never found. But with a tag number it should be easier to get
justice.
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Old 07-19-07, 12:26 PM
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I think I saw this car

I was in the area around this time, probably riding just a bit ahead of your brother. I am not certain, but I think this was the day I was almost hit as well when I was on Arkansas Ave NW (heading towards Georgia Ave NW). It was a dark colored car with chesapeake plates driven by a black male. This guy swerved to get around a car, almost hitting me, and then he ran a red light at Arkansas and 13th. The only thing is that I thought it was earlier than the time you noted on your email (closer to 6:30), but I could be wrong. Either way, please contact me at [email protected]. I have corresponded with Chief Lanier regarding this issue. I have been hit several times (thankfully none of them serious incidents) but was extremely frustrated by the total lack of assistance provided by the MPD. They can locate this driver using the license plate numbers you have and the car model; I think all chesapeake bay plates have "CA" as the two small stacked letters. They can also run a wild card search. Email me and I can give you more information about Chief Lanier's response and what you can do to get some justice.
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Old 07-19-07, 12:39 PM
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MODERATOR: I suggest moving this to Advocacy and Safety, where it will reach a broader audience. Also maybe cross-post in Commuting.

This is nuts. ANOTHER hit and run? This is a symptom of the breakdown of society. I'm not being hyperbolic. It's one thing for a driver to dent another car in the parking lot and not leave a note (which is distressingly common). But to hit another person — and watch the guy flip over the hood!? And then leave? Nail this guy, please. And definitely contact the metro desk at the Washington Post:
General numbers: 202.334.6000; 800.627.1150.
Metro desk direct line: 202-334-7300.
Not sure who the transportation beat reporter is. Whoever answers the phone will know.
And pitch the story this way: Cyclists online are pissed off and helping one another find the hit-and-run driver. Otherwise, it'll never get reported.
Good luck.

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Old 07-19-07, 01:17 PM
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FWIW I’ve PM the op and have not gotten a response back, to get results we need the cyclists or someone close to the cyclist to start the ball rolling and be in contact with the local bike advocates (WABA.) Moving the thread will not help if the op is not participating.
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Is there a question about whether the report is legit?
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Who's the mod in here? This needs to be in A&S, I believe.
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Originally Posted by Freewheeling Sp View Post
Is there a question about whether the report is legit?
Itís more I suspect he forgot where he posted this or he is checking his email very infrequently.
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I will make a copy of this for the Advocacy & Safety forum, as well as Commuting. There's no problem with cross-posting in a situation like this one. To the OP: You will want to check all 3 threads, as they will diverge once I make the copies. I wish you well in your information search.
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Just to give you an update the op has been over run with emails and the wheels are turning to get the perp. Thanks to everyone who has helped!
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Sorry to read about your brother, that's truly awful. Godspeed in recovering and resolving the issue.
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I'm sorry this happened. I can't believe the police are being so uncooperative. I hope that the guy gets caught. Not that they'll do anything to him that will change his attitude anyway. The woman who hit my dad's motorcycle and left him lying in the street a year ago still hasn't been punished in any way... (he's okay, btw, but still..)
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Sorry to hear about your brother. I'm glad that he will recover though.

I sincerely hope they catch the jackass who did this.

Tell your brother that we're pulling for him and hopefully, after time, he will get back on the bike.
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