A person riding a bike was killed in an apparent hit-and-run at Dexter and Thomas in South Lake Union. The
collision happened at 3:45 p.m., according to King 5. After the collision, the driver of the brown, American-made SUV with tinted windows and a chrome roof rack fled the scene.
UPDATE 7/29 12 pm: The King County Medical Examiner has confirmed that the man has died.
Condolences to his friends and family.
UPDATE 7/28 7:45 pm: KOMO says the victim has not died, but is actually on life support. King 5 and KOMO had reported the victim’s death after hearing it from SPD officers at the scene.
UPDATE 7/29: The Seattle Times has a few more details:
The critically injured cyclist on Thursday was described as a man in his 40s.
He was riding north on Dexter in the designated bicycle lane when he was hit by a southbound SUV turning east onto Thomas Street, according to employees in the area who had spoken to a key witness.
The driver sped through the intersection, they said, causing a terrific noise, before stopping briefly then taking off.
UPDATE 7/29 10:30 am: KIRO reports that the victim has died. KIRO did not report the death yesterday when other stations and this site had reported it erroneously. We will update when we learn more.
Original post (with changes):
A witness said the car was trying to turn left onto Thomas from Dexter when a line of oncoming cars began approaching. The driver speedily made the turn and hit the bicyclist, the witness said.
A nearby business owner said the sound of the impact stopped her in her tracks.
“I just heard a horrible, loud impact, like something being hit,” said Patricia Cameron. “And I saw the bicyclist totally not moving down on the ground.”
This is the second serious bicycle collision in the region this week. John Przychodzen was killed in Kirkland July 22 after a pickup struck him from behind.