July 27, 2013 at 2:41 PM
Bicyclist critically hurt Thursday expected to make full recovery
A bicyclist who suffered life-threatening injuries from colliding with a car Thursday afternoon is expected to make a full recovery, his wife said Saturday.
Brandon Blake, 34, of Seattle, suffered several fractured ribs, bruising to his lungs, face fractures in several places and a concussion when he collided with a car while traveling north on Dexter Avenue North, according to his wife, Sabrina Bonaparte. He was to be moved out of the intensive care unit of Harborview Medical Center on Saturday afternoon or evening. He will have facial surgery, Bonaparte said.
Seattle police said the cyclist was traveling north approaching Harrison Street shortly after 4 p.m. at the same time a Subaru Forester was heading south on Dexter. The car turned left in front of the cyclist, causing Blake to be thrown from the bicycle. The accident remains under investigation, police said.
Blake was wearing a helmet, according to the Seattle Fire Department.
He was injured just a block from where a 2011 bicycle accident killed Michael Wang, who was riding home from work when he was struck by a car. The driver of the car, Erlin J. Garcia-Reyes, fled the scene and was arrested nearly a year later. Garcia-Reyes was sentenced to 41 months in prison in August 2012.
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