State Department employee struck, killed by flatbed truck while riding bike in Bethesda

Montgomery County police have identified the woman killed while riding her bicycle in Bethesda, Maryland.

Police said on Friday that Sarah Joan Langenkamp, 42, was the cyclist hit by a red Volvo flatbed truck while both were traveling east on River Road just after 4 p.m. Thursday near Little Falls Parkway.

The police said the truck turned right into a parking lot while Langenkamp was in the bike lane.

County fire and rescue responded to the crash but could not revive Langenkamp, the police said. The driver of the truck was found and was on the scene.

Langenkamp served as the head of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section that is connected to the U.S. embassy in Ukraine, according to several international publications. She is a mother of two.

A State Department spokesperson told WTOP in a statement that it is aware of reports of a State Department employee who was killed while riding her bike in Bethesda.

“We extend our deepest condolence to the victim’s family and loved ones,” the spokesperson said.

River Road between Ridgefield Road and Little Falls Parkway remained closed until around 9 p.m. while police investigated the scene, with one lane open in each direction.

The department’s crash reconstruction unit is still investigating the crash and asks anyone with information to contact detectives at 240-773-6620.

Below is a map of the area:

WTOP’s Veronica Canales and Kyle Cooper contributed to this report.


Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

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