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December 24, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Hit and run driver strikes bicyclist in downtown Seattle this morning

Seattle police say a hit and run driver struck and injured a bicyclist at 2nd Avenue and James Street just after 2 a.m. this morning.

Police say the bicyclist was riding west on James Street when he was struck by a Toyota. While the Toyota driver didn’t stop, witnesses were able to get a description of the car and a license plate. Officers went to a home in the 2200 block of South Main Street, where they spotted the car and three men getting out of it, said department spokesman Mark Jamieson.

Jamieson said there was damage to the front end of the Toyota and a smashed windshield. Police believe the 27-year-old driver may have been driving drunk when he struck the bicyclist, Jamieson added.

“He knew he hit somebody, but he contended that he had the green light,” Jamieson said.

The driver was booked into the King County Jail. The bicyclist was taken to Harborview Medical Center for a head injury and possibly broken bones.

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