Two years ago today, Alice Swanson was struck and killed by a truck while riding her bike to work. In the days, weeks, and months that followed, there was much discussion about what, exactly, happened (and how it could have been prevented). The DC MPD, in my view, was not very forthcoming with the details of its investigation. No charges were ever brought against the driver. The document below – the “Final Overview Memo” from DC’s MPD – should have been made public a long time ago.
Update: This report was issued in December of 2008, and I obtained a copy not long after. The report was not recently released by the DC MPD, and I apologize to readers for not making that clearer in my introduction.
There are many lessons to be drawn from this memo, but for now, I’ll just urge that those who are interested in cycling safety (and its relationship to law enforcement) give it a full read.
Update II: After you’ve read the report above (and hopefully shared your view here), you should check out WashCycle’s analysis here.