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August 29, 2014 at 9:26 AM

The breaking-news account of the 2nd Avenue bike fatality

Update 1:20 p.m.: Our latest coverage of this story has moved here.

Update 10:30 a.m.: Seattle police say the cyclist killed Friday morning was riding south in a bike lane on Second Avenue when she was hit by the truck, which also was on Second Avenue and turning left onto University Street.

Det. Patrick Michaud, Seattle police spokesman, said the truck driver is cooperating with investigators and showed no sign of impairment.

Michaud said it is not yet known whether the woman was wearing a helmet.

He said it was too early to say whether today’s fatal collision was an accident, or the result of a traffic violation or a crime.

Investigators are photographing the front and underside of the truck.

Update 10:10 a.m.:  Today’s fatal collision comes as the Seattle Department of Transportation has been preparing to open a protected bike lane  in the area, running along Second Avenue from Pike Place Market to Pioneer Square.

Update 10 a.m.: Initial reports indicate the victim was a woman in her 20s or 30s, said Kyle Moore, Seattle Fire Department spokesman. He said the woman died at the scene, and no medical treatment was given.

Update 9:50 A.M.:  Seattle police say the fatally injured cyclist, a woman, was hit by a large truck.

The blotter item posted by SPD:

A cyclist was killed Friday morning after she was struck by large truck in downtown Seattle.

The driver of a large box truck was headed south on 2nd Avenue and turned left on to University Street, where he struck and fatally injured the cyclist.

Police contacted the driver—a man in his 40s—at the scene and called for SPD’s Traffic Collision Investigation Squad.

Police have closed 2nd Avenue around University Street while traffic investigators review the incident and interview witnesses. The street will be closed for several hours. We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

Previous post:  A bicyclist has been struck and killed at Second Avenue and University Street in downtown Seattle, according to Seattle police.

Police detectives are en route to the scene. Police advise that traffic will be difficult in the area and drivers should avoid it if possible.

More details will follow.

| More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: Bicycle fatality, Seattle Police Department, Traffic accident


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