Seattle Police say the driver was not impaired by drugs or alcohol in Tuesday night’s collision between a Honda Fit and a bicycle rider at Pine and Boren.
The 25-year-old female bicyclist was rushed to Harborview with what were described as minor injuries. We have unconfirmed information from friends of the woman that she suffered a broken hip.
Traffic in the area was backed up for hours during the investigation.
In CHS comments on Tuesday night’s report, commenter Oiseau noted the area’s reputation as a challenging area for bikers:
The bike lane disappears and then reappears for half a second after crossing Boren and then it just becomes a sharrow. I’ve seen it confuse many a driver as they don’t notice that the turn lane is a turn lane and that the bike lane on the other side is a bike lane. It’s just a horrible set up. It’s a horrible area to just abruptly end the bike lane at maybe 50 feet before the intersection. Cyclists are forced to merge into traffic and on rainy days like this, the chance of injury escalates big time.
While we haven’t documented another incident like this at Pine at Boren, this area of Pine has been identified as a biking danger zone with Pine/Bellevue getting the nod as one of the most dangerous intersections for bikes in the city. This Seattle Times bike crash map shows the number of incidents along lower Pine. We also asked CHS readers to identify Capitol Hill bike danger spots in this fall 2011 post.
Here is the SPD brief on the investigation.
On February 28th, at approximately 5:13 pm, a Honda Fit was travelling south on Boren Avenue approaching Pine Street. At the same time, a 25 year old female bicyclist was travelling westbound on Pine Street. The two collided in the intersection of Boren Avenue and Pine Street.
The cyclist was treated at the scene by Seattle Fire and then transported to Harborview Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.
Seattle Police officers responded to the scene and interviewed the driver of the Honda. The driver was evaluated for any signs of impairment, but none were detected.
Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) responded to the scene and began their investigation. The intersection was shut down for approximately 2 hours while detectives conducted their investigation. This remains an active and ongoing investigation.