The dangerous, sloping and busy intersection of Pike and Boren claimed another collision involving a bike and a motor vehicle just after midnight Saturday morning.
UPDATE 4/19/14 5:15 PM: SPD has provided details of the preliminary report on the incident including the bicyclist exhibiting signs of alcohol impairment when he was evaluated following the crash. Here is the preliminary report:
A male bicyclist was rushed to the hospital after colliding head on with an SUV early this morning.
On April 19th at approximately 12:16 a.m. officers responded to a vehicle/bicycle collision near Boren Avenue and Pike Street. Preliminary investigation indicates that an adult male bicyclist was travelling westbound on Pike Street approaching Boren Avenue. At the same time a green Kia SUV was travelling eastbound on Pike Street approaching Boren Avenue.
For reasons yet to be determined, the bicyclist crossed the center line and proceeded westbound in the eastbound lanes and struck the Kia head on. The bicyclist was thrown from his bicycle, struck the windshield of the Kia and landed on the pavement.
Fire department medics responded and transported the 43-year-old male bicyclist to Harborview Medical Center (HMC) with serious but non-life-threatening head and facial injuries.
Officers evaluated the driver of the Kia for indications of impairment due to alcohol and/or drugs. No signs of impairment were detected. The driver of the Kia was interviewed and released from the scene.
Officers also responded to HMC and evaluated the bicyclist for indications of impairment due to alcohol and/or drugs. The bicyclist exhibited obvious signs of impairment due to alcohol consumption.
There were no citations issued at the scene which is standard procedure in serious traffic incidents requiring extensive follow up investigation and collision reconstruction.
Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.
Original report: We are still gathering information on the incident that Seattle Fire described to us as a “severe impact” collision. We do not have details of the rider’s injuries. UPDATE: SFD says the rider was not wearing a helmet and struck the vehicle’s windshield but was alert and conscious when medic units arrived. He was transported to the hospital in serious condition.
In 2012, 18-year-old cyclist Nap Cantwell died after a collision at the intersection identified by advocates and city planners as a dangerous mix of speed and heavy traffic.