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Bicycle-Car Collision Leaves one Dead


bicyclist on road

According to The Olympian, a man on a bicycle suffered from fatal head injuries after a vehicle crashed into him near Interstate 5 in Lacey, Washington, on Tuesday morning.

Crash Remains under Investigation

The bicycle-car crash occurred at around 6:50 a.m. local time near the southbound Interstate 5 on-ramp on Martin Way. According to police, the vehicle’s driver traveled west on Martin Way and attempted a turn onto the on-ramp. The bicyclist did not stop with the traffic traveling eastbound.

The Olympian reports that the driver struck the man as he crossed the street, likely not seeing him at all as she, the driver, made the turn.

Although he received treatment for significant head injuries at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, the man did not survive his injuries. According to The Olympian, the bicyclist was not wearing a helmet.

Bicycle Crash Statistics

The following information regarding bicycle, or pedalcycle, crashes is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 743 pedalcyclists died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2013.
  • An estimated 48,000 pedalcyclists were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2013.
  • Sixty-eight percent of all pedalcyclists who died in motor vehicle crashes in 2013 died in urban area crashes.
  • Most pedalcyclist fatalities occurred at non-intersections (57%) in 2013.

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