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Natural History museum staffer riding bike to work killed in hit-and-run crash in D.C.

Thomas Hollowell (Courtesy of family)

A 64-year-old cyclist who was struck in a hit-and-run crash in D.C. has died, the Metropolitan Police Department announced Tuesday.

Police said Thomas Hendricks Hollowell, of Arlington, was traveling eastbound in the 1200 block of Constitution Avenue, NW on a bicycle around 7:31 a.m. Monday when he was struck by a dark-colored sedan at a high rate of speed as he was crossing over 12th Street.

The operator of the sedan entered the crosswalk and proceeded through the intersection on a red traffic signal when he struck Hollowell. They continued northbound on 12th Street without stopping following the collision.

The incident took place near the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Hollowell was a member of the Natural History museum staff, where he was formerly a part of the botany division but recently had been working with the IT department.

The museum sent a statement to ABC7 on his passing Tuesday.

"The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History mourns the loss of Dr. Thomas Hollowell, a beloved member of our staff for more than twenty years. Tom first came to the museum in 1996 as the data manager for the Smithsonian’s Biological Diversity of the Guiana Shield Program while also performing research on the ecology and conservation of mangroves in Northwestern Guyana. Most recently, Tom served as a member of the museum’s Informatics Branch as a database manager within the Office of Information Technology. Tom published numerous scientific papers, including serving as a co-author and important contributor to the Checklist of the Plants of the Guiana Shield. Tom was seldom seen without a smile on his face and never hesitated to offer a kind word to anyone. We are saddened by his tragic loss and, on behalf of the entire Smithsonian Institution, extend our deepest sympathies to Tom’s family and friends."

On Monday evening, police said Hollowell was in critical condition.

An investigation into the crash closed Constitution Avenue in both directions between 10th and 13th streets, NW and the 12th Street tunnel after it occurred. By around 10:30 a.m. Monday, it had all reopened.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is requested to contact the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099.

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