Death of a cyclist puts spotlight on safety at busy intersection near National Mall

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WASHINGTON D.C. -- Many people who use the corner of Constitution Ave. and 12th Street to walk, bike or scoot their way through the intersection are using the death of a cyclist this week to raise concerns about safety in the area.

According to the DC Police Department, Thomas Hollowell, 64, was struck by a dark-colored, mid sized sedan that ran a red light Monday morning. Hollowell died from his injuries Tuesday.

"There are so many people who run the lights and so many people who are unaware of the change in traffic flow," said Maggie Benson, who worked with Hollowell at the Natural History museum near that intersection.

Benson was almost brought to tears talking about her coworker.

"It's a totally tragic loss," said Benson. "It's just tragedy to lose him, to his family, for science, for the museum-- it was just reckless."

Other cyclists talked about the dangers of the intersection.

"There's a lot going on a lot going on at once," said Jamison Archer, a cyclist. "You've got commuters trying to get somewhere so quickly they're not paying attention to pedestrians or bikers."

Pedestrians agree.

"As a pedestrian, if I had rear view mirrors I would wear them at this particular intersection," said a walker named Don, who regularly sees cars squeezing their way through the intersection despite walkers all around them.

"They come within this close to you," said Don. "They are brushing up against your butt and I'm constantly looking this way and that as I'm going through."


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