Collision kills cyclist in North Bethesda

A cyclist died Wednesday afternoon after he was struck by a vehicle in North Bethesda, Maryland.

It happened on Old Georgetown Road, near Cheshire Drive, around 4 p.m. According to Montgomery County Police, the bicyclist was traveling south on the northbound sidewalk on Old Georgetown Road. Meanwhile, a white 2012 Ford F-250 Cargo van was heading northbound on Old Georgetown Road, approaching Cheshire Drive.

The cyclist then left the sidewalk and entered the roadway “for reasons still under investigation” and collided with the van, police said.

Montgomery County Fire and EMS tweeted that the cyclist had suffered traumatic injuries following the crash. Police later confirmed that the bicyclist died at the scene.

The driver of the van remained at the scene after the crash.

The northbound lanes of Old Georgetown were closed between the Beltway and Democracy Boulevard as police investigated the crash.

The site of the collision is near the site where 17-year-old Jacob Cassell was hit and killed by a car in August 2019. In that case, Cassell had been riding on a sidewalk near Beech Avenue when he fell off his bike and into traffic.

After Cassell’s death, neighbors told WTOP that it’s a less-than-ideal stretch of road for cyclists.

“There’s no infrastructure in these suburban neighborhoods for bicyclists,” said one of those neighbors, Jim Spellman, in 2019.

Bike lanes were installed at a stretch near that location later on.

Here’s the approximate location of Wednesday afternoon’s collision.

Jack Pointer

Jack contributes to when he's not working as the afternoon/evening radio writer.

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