A person riding a bicycle on Juanita Drive in Kirkland died Friday afternoon after a truck struck him from behind before crashing into a utility pole. It does not appear the 18-year-old driver was using a cell phone or impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident, according to police.
The victim’s name has not yet been released, but police said he was in his 40s or 50s, according to the Seattle Times.
He was riding north around 3:45 p.m. on NE Juanita Drive near 86th Ave NE, part of the popular Lake Washington Loop bicycle route.
Condolences to his friends and family.
UPDATE 7/25: The victim has been identified as John Przychodzen, 49, according to Detective O’Neil from the Kirkland Police Department. The investigation will not be completed until next week, but police still do not suspect drugs, alcohol or cell phone use were involved.
“It might have been a freak tragic accident,” said O’Neil.