Rockville Community Heartbroken After Fatal Bike Accident

Last night a few minutes after midnight, Thomas Randolph Bell, age 26, was returning home from his birthday celebration when he died from his injuries after crashing his bicycle on Baltimore Road by Twinbrook Parkway.

USA9 reports that friends who were following him called 911, but he died at the hospital. His head had hit the pavement during the accident.

On Facebook, Bell wrote that yesterday was his birthday and he invited friends to join him at Villamaya. Friends went from sending birthday wishes to expressing words of sorrow.

Bell worked the front desk at Earthtreks in Rockville and taught others how to rock climb. He’s a graduate of Rockville High School and attended Montgomery College.

“He was a good friend, very dear to my heart,” said Peter Francis, “We’ve been friends since high school. This is a huge blow to our Rockville High community. And I’m sure the Earth Treks community as well.”

As a bike enthusiast, Bell invited friends to join him for rides and recently expressed his pleasure at biking from Silver Spring into DC.

“He was a gentle, genuine soul,” continued Francis, “If you ever spoke to him, I’m sure you know exactly what I mean. I recently bought his bike because he was going to buy a new one. the one he crashed on.”

Our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. This post will be updated with information about any public arrangements to honor his life.

Update:

A Celebration of Life will be held at Glenview Mansion on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 1:30 PM. All are welcome and encouraged to share their memories of Tommy.

[The photo accompanying this article is from Tommy Bell’s Facebook profile.]
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