The person killed September 10 in a collision with a car in the U District has been identified as Robert Townsend. He was 23.
Townsend’s friends, family and coworkers mourned his death Sunday, saying he was always happy to be one his bike, according to KOMO:
“It’d make me smile every time I’d see him on a bike,” said coworker Nick Haggard. “He’d have the biggest most childish grin on his face because he was so happy to be on his bike and doing what he loved.”
Townsend delivered sandwiches for Jimmy John’s on the Ave, and he was the fastest.
KOMO filed a good report featuring many of Townsend’s friends and coworkers:
Townsend was riding south (downhill) on University Way around 6:15 p.m. when he collided with a northbound car attempting to make a left turn onto NE Campus Parkway. The driver has not yet been cited pending an investigation that could last months, according to Slog:
“For us, this is as serious as a murder,” Whitcomb says. “About the same amount of care and detail goes into this type of investigation.”
It has come up in discussions about Robert’s death that he was riding a fixed gear bike without a front brake. To clear up any confusion, this is legal in Washington, per RCW 46.61.780:
Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make the braked wheels skid on dry, level, clean pavement.
Condolences to Robert’s friends and family.