D.C. fire department spokesman Alan Etter said the motorcyclist crashed shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday behind the Neiman Marcus store. He said the driver apparently veered into the shopping center's parking garage and crashed into a wall.
Etter said the motorcycle was destroyed, and witnesses in the area were horrified. At least one woman was treated with oxygen after seeing the crash.
There were no other injuries, and no other vehicles were involved. Authorities have not released the man's name.