Woman injured while biking on I-5

A woman biking on I-5 near the 520 interchange was struck and critically injured early Saturday. My Edmonds News reports that the woman was critically injured.

Daina Elena Harrison was riding her bicycle northbound in the far left lane on I-5 just south of the Ship Canal bridge when she was hit at 5:16 a.m. by a Seattle man driving Lincoln Town Car, Washington State Patrol Trooper Julie Startup said. While the investigation is ongoing, Startup said it’s unlikely that the driver of the Town Car — 60-year-old Larry Walker — didn’t see the bicyclist until it was too late to avoid a collision.

It is unknown how she ended up on I-5, which is off limits to bicycle riding.

Update: we originally reported her injuries as critical. Fortunately, her injuries are non-life-threatening.

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5 Responses to Woman injured while biking on I-5

  1. Al Dimond says:

    Without knowing this woman, I can only imagine that she must not have been of sound mind. I can’t imagine how she’d wind up there any other way. I hope she gets the help she needs.

  2. Todd says:

    I-5 is off limits between Olympia and Marysville. I cannot imagine even giving it a try anywhere near Seattle and it’s surrounding metropolitan area. My guess is she didn’t know the law — and even so — made a bad decision. Still, I’m glad to hear she is ok.

  3. Megan says:

    My brother and I drove past her at about 5:05am on I-5, which was pitch black, on our way to Bike MS. We were shocked to see her on the far left shoulder of the freeway. I am very glad that she is okay. It is really a miracle!

  4. Krystal Walker says:

    My name is Krystal Walker my Father and little brother Charles were the ones involved in this event by a. My whole family was shaken by this event. When this women finally came to consciousness she didn’t know were she was and her blood alcohol was VERY high is what WSP has told us. She is very lucky my dad didn’t hit her head on he saw her in the nick of time and was able to swerve she did take out the whole windshield left mirror and wheel but those are all replace able. This only caused damage to her leg and some road burn on the back i believe. I feel very bad for her she just had her birthday in the hospital and is doing better. I cant say for sure why she was there at first we though maybe suicidal. But I’m most thankful for my dad swerving the way he did because if he would have went the other way they would have went over the bridge. My thoughts and prayers go out to this women and her Family. Also Biclist who ride in the dark please remember your reflectors this women was were nothing on her or her self bike to let anyone know she was even around!!
    God Bless
    Krystal Walker

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