The news—especially in a town that is becoming as bicycle-friendly as Washington, D.C.—is often filled with stories of bicyclists who are involved in accidents with cars. What we do not hear about, however, are the bicycle accidents that do not involve other vehicles at all. Many bicycle accidents and injuries only involve one party, and in June, one such accident claimed the life of a young man in Chevy Chase.
On Monday, June 10, Joshua Davis, a 15-year-old boy from Chevy Chase went on a bicycle ride through Rock Creek Park. His parents called the police, worried after the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School 10th-grader did not return home, and the Family Crimes Division began a search throughout downtown Bethesda and Rock Creek Park.
On the afternoon of Tuesday the 11th, Montgomery Country Police received a call about an injured person in the woods near Susannah Lane and Jones Mill Road in Chevy Chase. Joshua Davis was found soon after. Police believe that the sudden and violent storms that passed through the Bethesda area on Monday night may have caused Davis’ death when a he was struck by a falling tree.
Davis was a sophomore at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, where he received good grades and hoped to someday be a pilot. A great lover of the outdoors, Davis often explored the Bethesda area by bicycle. The Bethesda bike accident attorneys at Lewis and Tompkins extend their deepest condolences to the family of Joshua Davis, as well as his classmates who are mourning the loss of their friend.