Cyclist in fatal hit and run crash, found and arrested (in 1905)
On April 16, 1905, Professor Otis T. Bullard was struck by a cyclist at 9th and M NW. Bullard suffered a fractured arm and a bruised face. The cyclist dismounted and attempted to render aid, but left without giving his name or address. The incident caused Bullard, an 89 year old music teacher, to go into shock from which he died. After the police issued a reward of $1000 [Update: Or perhaps $100] for information about the cyclist, one of his friends turned him in. Joseph Meyers, "about 36 years old" and a floor-walker in a department store, was arrested.
He stated that Bullard stepped directly in front of his wheel, and despite his efforts to stop the bicycle in time, he collided with him. "I was not quick enough," Meyers said.
[Meyers] was riding a little in the rear of a wagon and when the vehicle slowed down Mr. Bullard ran between Meyers and the wagon. The front wheel of the machine struck him with considerable force.
It's unclear what happened to Mr. Meyers as a result. Hat tip.
[Update: According to the Washington Times story about this same arrest, Meyers was riding with his hands in his "thrust" into his pockets (not on the handlebars). When the wagon slowed down to let Bullard cross, Meyers was unable to stop behind the wagon. He shifted his bike by leaning, passed it and hit Bullard. If true, Meyers' claim that the crash was unavoidable rings hollow to me.]