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At least 255 pedestrians and cyclists have been struck, primarily by motorists, in D.C. so far this year. Fifty-two of the year’s total incidents took place this month, with cyclists comprising about a quarter of those hit.
Bannon Puckett, who has been biking in D.C. for two years, is one of those 52.
On June 22, Puckett says he was side-swiped from the left by a driver who made a right turn on red at the intersection of Oklahoma Avenue and Benning Road NE. “I fell onto the street, and his wheels kept coming at me, so I was scrambling on the pavement to avoid getting run over too,” Puckett says via email of the crash. His bike was totaled, and he suffered bruises and cuts, but no broken bones. The driver remained at the scene, he says, and D.C. police arrived within five minutes after being called by a bystander. Puckett says he filed a report with the Metropolitan Police Department and received treatment at George Washington University Hospital. “I am extremely lucky the injuries were not worse,” he says.
#249 (6:35 pm, June 22) MT @GaryButlerWard7: Cyclist struck at Benning Road & Oklahoma Ave NE: pic.twitter.com/7Z6HbAYgnC— struck in dc (@struckdc) June 22, 2015
Mayor Muriel Bowser committed D.C. in March to ending traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2024 through Vision Zero. A website for the the initiative was launched today, and a completed action plan is scheduled to be released in September.
Building off the work of Struck in D.C., a project run by Geoffrey Hatchard, Kim Shults, and Stephen Miller, Washington City Paper will compile reports of pedestrian and cyclist incidents this year for a map and interview project. Submit an incident using the form below.