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Man charged in DC cyclist's death has long list of traffic violations

Man charged in DC cyclist's death has long list of traffic violations (DC DC Department of Motor Vehicles)

Thomas Hollowell, of Arlington, Virginia, died while commuting to work in D.C. on his bike last month.

Only days ago, police tracked down Phillip Peoples — the 20-year-old Maryland driver they allege hit and killed Hollowell then fled the scene.

7 On Your Side searched DC Department of Motor Vehicle records and found the car registered to Peoples racked up, from early August to mid-September, at least 30 parking and moving citations totaling $6,570 in unpaid fines.

It’s unclear, based on records, if this car should have been booted or not at the time of the fatal crash.

“Obviously the threat of a paper ticket was lost on this individual," Rachel Maisler said.

Maisler is Ward 4’s representative for DC’s Bicycle Advisory Council.

“There’s speeding violations. There’s parking violations, parking in bus zones, parking in handicap zones, parking in loading zones. This person has no respect for the environment they are driving in,” Maisler said.

Maisler says since the end of June three cyclists, three pedestrians and one scooter rider have been killed by cars in the nation’s capital.

“Nobody should die while traveling on DC street,” Maisler said.

As for Peoples, he told police a friend had the car at the time of the fatal collision. But police say Peoples' sent a text that day, admitting he hit someone on a bike who ran a light and that there was glass all over him.

Peoples is jailed without bond, charged with second-degree murder.

Ash Hollowell, the victim’s son, released this statement on behalf of his family:

"The young man who killed our father, my mother’s husband, still has his whole life ahead of him, and a daughter who needs her father. It’s important that he learn this lesson so that he can be a good father so that he can enjoy his life. He needs to take the rules of the road seriously, he needs to slow down. We all do. Life is fleeting, and that’s why it’s so precious."
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