A 32 year-old man has life-threatening injuries after an incident while biking on College Way N near North Seattle Community College Thursday afternoon.
Police do not yet know what happened and are hoping a witness will come forward. They do not believe any other vehicles were involved.
On February 23rd at approximately 3:28 p.m. officers responded to a report of a bicyclist down in the 9600 block of College Way North. Preliminary investigation indicates that a 32-year-old male was riding his bicycle northbound in the 9600 block of College Way North when, for reasons yet to be determined, he crashed causing substantial injury to his person. No other vehicles appear to be involved.
SFD medics responded to the scene and transported the male bicyclist to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 911 or Seattle Police and refer to this event. Anonymous tips are welcome.
UPDATE 2/24 9:53 am: Many people have sent updates and well wishes in the comments below. I highly suggest reading them. Also, long-time SBB commenter Leif says Christian is his housemate. He is doing better, but was still unconscious as of this morning.
UPDATE 2/27: Leif has another update on Christian’s recovery and what may have caused the wreck:
Couple updates. First, Christian is still unconscious (at least he hasn’t opened his eyes) but yesterday when a bunch of us were there he did respond to the nurses request for a thumbs up with a very enthusiastic, purposeful thumb in the air. This was the first time he had responded in a way that we were sure was actually him and not just a slight movement. It was very exciting and a good sign that he is moving in the right direction.
In terms of the accident, after speaking with the responding officer and the EMT student who was the first responder we are pretty confident that this was a freak accident and didn’t involve any other vehicles. Despite what the police report on the blotter suggests there was actually witnesses who saw him go over his handlebars, likely after something broke off his spokes and got caught in the wheels. It certainly doesn’t change the situation, but it is nice to know that nobody caused this and then left the scene.
Thanks to the folks who helped Christian at the time of the accident, especially the EMT student. We are very grateful you were all there.
Meanwhile, his family and friends are asking supporters to send Christian positive healing thoughts/prayers every day at 3:30 p.m.