Sad news to report from the DC cycling world today: a pedestrian in downtown DC was fatally struck by a cyclist Thursday evening.
Jane Bennett Clark of Takoma Park was hit in a crosswalk about 6:45 p.m. as she stepped off the southwest curb at 13th and I streets NW. The site is across the street from Franklin Square.
Clark was a senior editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, according to the Kiplinger website.
On Thursday, the bicycle was southbound on 13th Street when it struck Clark, causing her to fall, police said. The bicyclist remained at the scene, police said.
Police have not said whether the bicyclist went through a red light or if Clark stepped into the street against a pedestrian signal. Police said the cyclist remained at the scene and no charges have been filed pending the conclusion of the investigation.
The whole thing is pretty heartbreaking
Clark was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center with a head injury. She died Friday. Her relatives did not wish to discuss the incident. Her bosses said that she had three grown children and one grandchild, and that one of her daughters is getting married next month.
It's the first such fatality for a pedestrian in DC since 2010, when 78-year old Quan Chua was also struck in downtown DC (that crime was never solved) and the first in the area since 2012 when 80-year old Ita Lapina was struck and killed on the Four Mile Run Trail.
These kinds of crashes are quite rare, and exclusively involve older pedestrian who strike their heads. This is only the 9th I know of going all the way back to 1905, but that doesn't make it any less tragic or any more acceptable.
Previous pedestrians killed in crashes with bicyclists
1905 - Professor Otis T. Bullard (89yo) at 9th and N, NW - according to Joseph Meyers the cyclist (who was apprehended 10 days after the crash) the musician stepped out from behind a team of horses and Meyers hit him. He helped him to the curb and noticed Bullard's head was bleeding, Bullard assured him he was OK and he went to work. Only later did he discover that Bullard had died. Found guilty of careless cycling. (more here)
1921 - Professor Emile F. Christiana (65yo) at 11th and Clifton, NW - He was hit by a special delivery messenger. 2 days later the coroner exonerated him. Death was "accidental"
1979 - A 63 year old man at the corner of 10th and Penn, NW (maybe)
1983 - An 82 year old man on 14th Street, NW downtown (maybe)
1998 - In DC
2/4/2007 - Gary Scott Phillips (58 yo) on New Hampshire Ave, near 2nd Street, NW - struck by a fast moving cyclist. Phillips might have passed behind a car that was halted
10/26/2010 - Quan Chua (78 yo) in an alley east of 600 block of Massachusetts NW - hit and run collision
6/11/2012 - Ita Lapina (80 yo) on Four Mile Run Trail near Columbia Pike in Arlington - Passing cyclist hit ped who stepped to the left after hearing "to your left"