A 49-year-old man biking at Howell and Yale was run over by a truck just after 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. He was rushed to hospital in critical condition.
The driver fled the scene after the collision. Police describe the truck as a blue and grey tandem dump truck, which fled southbound on I-5.
We will update as we learn more.
UPDATE: Seattle Police say the victim was found under his bike after the truck and trailer passed and continued onto southbound I-5. He was conscious at the scene, though in shock. The latest medical report says he is still in critical condition.
A bicyclist was critically injured following a hit and run collision this morning. At approximately 8:30 a.m., a 49-year-old cyclist was run over by the trailer of the dump truck. According to a witness, a dump truck with a trailer made a right-hand turn into the south bound I-5 on ramp by Howell St and Yale Av. After the tractor and trailer passed and continued on to Southbound I-5, the victim was found with his bicycle on top of him.
The victim was conscious but was in shock. Seattle Fire arrived and treated the victim. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center (HMC). Last medical report from HMC was that the victim was in critical condition. Traffic Collision Investigators responded and processed the scene.
The suspect vehicle is described as a blue and Silver or Grey tandem dump truck.
Anyone with information about the vehicle/driver and or incident is asked to call 9-1-1.
Though the details of the collision are not yet known, it is worth noting that this stretch of Howell St was redesigned in 2011 as part of a project led by King County Metro. Controversially, neither Metro nor SDOT went to the Bicycle Advisory Board or any other bicycle advocacy group for input or advice until after design was essentially completed. SBAB clearly stated a preference for a bicycle facility to be added to the road, which is a key bike route from Downtown to Eastlake and Capitol Hill (and beyond). Instead, off-peak parking was added even though there are several surface parking lots adjacent to the project. The street remains hostile for cycling.
Map of collision: