Someone driving an unknown vehicle struck a woman biking in Bellevue this morning, critically injuring her. The suspect left the woman in critical condition on the side of the road and fled the scene without even calling for help.
The location is a major crossing of the I-90 Trail. 118th Ave SE is also a popular north-south bike route in Bellevue. There has been no indication yet from police how the collision happened.
In fact, KOMO reports that a passerby spotted the woman lying on the road around 6 a.m., but it’s not yet clear how long she was lying there. She was thrown 100 feet from the collision site, and the person driving left her for dead.
She was rushed to Harborview with critical injuries. We send our best wishes.
— Kristen Drew (@KDrewKOMO) March 23, 2016
The collision comes just hours before a public meeting about a “rapid implementation” bike safety plan the Bellevue Transportation Department is proposing (5–7 p.m. tonight at Bellevue City Hall). See our previous story for details.
Bellevue City Council also endorsed Vision Zero in December, calling for safer streets to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in the city.
UPDATE: The Seattle Times reports that the call came at 6 a.m. (I’ve updated the story above). The woman was crossing in the crosswalk when someone driving south struck her. She has “extensive” life-threatening injuries, Bellevue PD told the Times:
The woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with “extensive,” life-threatening injuries to her head, leg and torso, Bellevue Police Department spokesman Seth Tyler said.
Tyler said the woman was riding on the Lake to Lake Trail, which crosses 118th Avenue Southeast at a crosswalk. Investigators believe she was hit in the crosswalk by a vehicle traveling south.
A person driving by saw the woman about 100 feet south of the crosswalk, gave aid and called 911 at about 6 a.m., Tyler said.
“As far as how long she had been laying in the road, we don’t know at this point. We don’t have the driver of the car,” he said.