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Individual killed whereas biking in SoDo only a block from web site of January demise

An individual driving a Jeep struck and killed somebody biking in SoDo Wednesday morning, in line with Seattle Police.

The driving force of the Jeep was attempting to exit a parking zone onto 4th Avenue close to Holgate Road, and instructed police they have been wanting south for a break in visitors so they may flip north onto 4th. The particular person biking was headed southbound on the sidewalk. “The driving force collided with the bike owner whereas turning on to 4th Avenue,” police stated.

We ship our condolences to their family and friends.

The collision was only a block away from the positioning of one other deadly collision in early January. An individual driving westbound on S Holgate Road collided with and killed Antionio Tiongco as he biked throughout Holgate at third Avenue S. Each circumstances sadly spotlight the shortage of secure biking and strolling routes in SoDo, which has very broad roads with few high quality road crossings and no full and linked bike infrastructure. As Ryan Packer reported earlier this month,”Nearly precisely two years earlier than the [January] 2022 incident, on January 7, 2020, Douglas Mayhew was strolling throughout Holgate at eighth Ave S, the place there isn’t a marked crosswalk, when he was struck by the motive force of a automobile. He later died of his accidents. On October 2nd of that 12 months, one other pedestrian was struck and killed at 1st and Holgate. SoDo’s broad streets and unforgiving intersections are usually not designed with the security of individuals outdoors automobiles in thoughts.”

Councilmember Tammy Morales wrote on Twitter,” There are 4000+ miles of street within the metropolis and fewer than 1 p.c of it’s protected bike lane infrastructure. These fatalities are unacceptable as a result of they’re avoidable. My coronary heart goes out to the sufferer’s household. I hope folks will take part advocating for safer streets for all.

Although it isn’t but clear whether it is associated, the collision occurred across the time that the decrease West Seattle Bridge was closed unexpectedly for an prolonged time frame. Anybody biking between West Seattle and downtown would have wanted to detour to the first Avenue Bridge by biking by SoDo. Whether or not this particular person was detouring or not, the bridge closure highlighted but another excuse why secure routes by SoDo are wanted. SDOT is ready to start the design course of on a Georgetown to downtown protected bike lane this 12 months. If all goes in line with the present schedule, the lane needs to be open by the tip of 2024.

Extra particulars from SPD:

SPD detectives are investigating after a driver in a Jeep fatally struck a bike owner Wednesday morning in a collision on 4th Avenue.

Round 10:30 AM, the motive force of the Jeep was turning out of a parking zone alongside 4th Avenue South and Holgate Road, getting ready to show north. The driving force stopped to attend for automobile visitors and was wanting south when a bike owner approached on the sidewalk from the north. The driving force collided with the bike owner whereas turning on to 4thAvenue.

Seattle Hearth personnel have been within the space and instantly responded to render help. The bike owner later died from their accidents.

The driving force remained on the scene and was interviewed by police. He confirmed no indicators of impairment. Visitors Collision detectives proceed to analyze the incident.


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