The family of John Przychodzen is mourning his death, which came less than a year after he moved to the area from Connecticut. The Kirkland man was struck from behind while he was riding his bicycle northbound on Juanita Drive near 86th Ave NE Friday. He died from his injuries.
Przychodzen, 49, biked to work every day and was minutes from his home Friday afternoon when he was killed. An 18-year-old driving a pickup truck struck him then crashed into a utility pole. Though the investigation will not be completed until next week, police do not believe drugs, alcohol or cell phone use were factors. Detective O’Neil even went so far to say, “It might have been a freak tragic accident.”
However, Przychodzen’s brother, Ed Hodzen, is not ready to accept the incident as a mere accident.
[Hodzen] said other cyclists told him that drivers speed and veer into the bike lanes often.The victim’s family is hoping now that Kirkland police will send a message to speeders and reckless drivers.
“Something like this is not an accident,” Hodzen said. “There is no such thing as just an accident. These things happen because people make decisions in the way they operate motor vehicles, whether or not they have regard for people outside their vehicle.”
After the memorial later this week, the family will come to the scene of the collision to study the safety issues on Juanita Drive, and they will talk to the city about solutions.