Teen motorist strikes bike, sending cyclist to hospital

April 24, 2013

By Michele Mihalovich

The ink had barely dried on a teenager’s intermediate driver’s license when he pulled out in front of a cyclist who later had to be transported to a hospital.

Witnesses said in a Snoqualmie Police Department incident report that the driver pulled out to turn from Fisher Avenue Southeast onto Snoqualmie Parkway on April 17.

The 17-year-old driver from Snoqualmie said he heard the cyclist yell at him and slammed on his brakes, but the cyclist struck the driver’s front bumper.

One witness said she saw the rider go five to six feet into the air.

Another witness said the cyclist had been keeping up with traffic on Snoqualmie Parkway at speeds of 40 to 45 mph prior to the accident.

Police responded to the accident at 5:50 p.m., and EMTs at the scene said the bicyclist, a 53-year-old male from North Bend, may have had some broken bones and they transported him to Overlake Hospital.

The incident report said an officer visited with the man’s wife the next day, and she said her husband doesn’t remember anything about the accident.

The teen, who had just received his license April 11, was cited for failing to yield the right of way.

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