Cyclists pay tribute to fallen retired Navy SEAL

- Nearly four months after being hit and killed by a car while riding his bike, a retired Navy SEAL was buried at Arlington National Cemetery Friday morning.

Fellow cyclists gave Tim Holden, 64, a touching sendoff prior to the burial.

Hundreds of bicyclists gathered by the Lincoln Memorial and led the hearse across the Memorial Bridge and into Arlington National Cemetery.

“Hopefully, through this show of support, the family can know how much we appreciate his memory and his passion for cycling,” said friend Tom Craver. “Perhaps we can send a message that there needs to be more equitable consequences for events like this, distracted driving specifically.”

The avid cyclist was headed to meet his daughter for coffee on August 28 when he was struck by a driver on Massachusetts Avenue in Bethesda, police said.

The driver was charged with negligent driving and has been fined no more than $1,500.

Holden served in the Gulf War and was the first American in Kuwait City. He would later go on to serve at all levels of command for the Navy SEALs.

He leaves behind a wife, five daughters and three grandchildren.

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