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Community honors cyclist killed in hit-and-run with memorial ride

Community honors cyclist killed in hit-and-run with memorial ride (ABC7)

Hundreds of cyclists gathered together Thursday to remember one of their own, Dr. Thomas Hollowell.

Hollowell, a bike commuter for more than 30 years, was struck and killed Monday, September 24, when a man ran a red light at 12th and Constitution.

He was just blocks away from the Smithsonian museum where he worked when he was killed.

Hollowell’s widow, Carol, joined the cyclists during the ride.

She said her husband was an environmentalist and his cycling was part of his commitment to the cause, but she also said he loved it.

"He biked literally every single day to work. A lot of people here who will be here today know him because simply because they saw him every day biking," said Carol Hollowell.

While these cyclists are remembering a man lost in a tragic accident, they also are calling for making D.C. streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

"Nobody deserves to die traveling on D.C. roads," said memorial organizer Rachel Maisler. "We don’t want another tragedy to happen on our roads."

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