Bicyclist dead, 3 injured after multi-vehicle crash in Northwest DC

A bike lays on the pavement near Massachusetts Avenue in Northwest D.C. after a multi-vehicle crash. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

A bicyclist is dead after a multi-vehicle crash in Northwest D.C. Friday night.

It happened around 7:30 p.m. on Massachusetts Avenue near 2nd Street NW.

According to D.C. police, a man was riding a bike when he was hit by a car. The bicyclist was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

Three people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, D.C. Fire and EMS said. All were passengers in the cars involved in the crash. No pedestrians were hurt.

D.C. Police said five vehicles were involved, spread out over a half a block between New Jersey Avenue and 2nd Street NW. There were three cars, an SUV, a van and a Capital Bikeshare bicycle involved.

“Near the damaged car parts [laid] the damaged Capital Bikeshare bicycle on its side, on the pavement; a helmet about 10 feet away,” WTOP Traffic Reporter Dave Dildine said, describing the scene. “A van, head-on into a traffic signal [with] several other damaged vehicles.”

The debris field from the collisions covered about 200 feet of Massachusetts Avenue.

All lanes near 3rd Street and Massachusetts Avenue were blocked as police investigated the accident. The ramp from the 3rd Street Tunnel to enter Massachusetts Avenue was also closed off to traffic.

After the scene was investigated and cleaned up, all lanes of traffic reopened at around 1:30 a.m.

Below is a map of where the accident occurred.

WTOP’s Dave Dildine contributed to this story. 

Luke Garrett

Luke Garrett is a D.C. native dedicated to journalism. He joined the WTOP newsroom in 2020 after graduating from the University of San Diego, where he studied physics and philosophy.

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