August 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Saturday event set for site of bike-pedestrian collision
A bicycle-pedestrian collision that left a pedestrian seriously hurt in a Madison Park crosswalk last Friday morning has prompted community groups to plan a “vigil walk” for traffic safety Saturday.
The Madison Park Community Council’s website says the 10 a.m. event will start at the Wells Fargo Bank, 4009 E. Madison, near where the collision occurred.
City and community leaders, including Mayor Mike McGinn, are expected to attend.
The accident occurred just before 9 a.m. last Friday at the intersection of East Madison Street and McGilvra Boulevard East. Neither the 26-year-old cyclist nor the pedestrian, who was reportedly well-dressed but not carrying identification, has been officially identified.
At the time of the collision, Fire Department medics said the pedestrian, who had been in a marked crosswalk, suffered “life-threatening” head injuries and was taken to Harborview Medical Center. The cyclist, described as having scrapes and bruises, also was taken to Harborview.
Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson said the department’s Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is investigating the case. He said the investigation was triggered by the severity of the pedestrian’s injury, not by any conclusion that a crime had been committed.
The investigation could “take a long time,” he said, and if evidence of a crime is found, it would be presented to the King County prosecutor.
Aaron Pickus, McGinn’s spokesman, said the mayor plans to attend the Saturday event, but it’s not clear if he will speak. Pickus said representatives of the city’s Transportation Department have had some contact with Madison Park community groups about possible ways to improve safety in the area.
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