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April 19, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Cyclist badly hurt in Seattle may have been drinking

A cyclist who was seriously hurt after running head-on into an SUV on Capitol Hill early Saturday showed signs of impairment from alcohol, police said.

Seattle police said the collision happened about 12:15 a.m. near the intersection of Boren Avenue and Pike Street.

Police said a preliminary investigation indicates the 43-year-old male cyclist was travelling westbound on Pike Street approaching Boren Avenue, when he crossed the centerline and hit the SUV.

The cyclist was thrown from his bicycle, struck the windshield of the Kia SUV and landed on the pavement.

Fire department medics responded and transported the man to Harborview Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening head and facial injuries.

Police investigators said the SUV driver was tested at the scene and showed no sign of impairment from alcohol or drugs. The cyclist, tested at Harborview, did show signs of alcohol impairment.

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