The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that Redmond police have decided to cite a driver who was involved in a bicycle accident earlier this week. The bicyclist, a 43 year old Kirkland man, was commuting to work on his bicycle along the 14400 block of Old Redmond Way when a pickup truck made a right turn in front of him. The accident left the bicyclist with severe head injuries. He remains in Harborview Medical Center in stable condition a few days after the accident.
The driver of the pickup truck, a 48-year-old man from University Place in Pierce County, was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident. However, the Redmond police are citing him for “inattentive driving.” It is the duty of all drivers to give their driving the attention required based upon the weather conditions, traffic level, roadway conditions and the presence of pedestrians or bicyclists.
An “inattentive driving” citation is also given to people using cell phones while driving when they are involved in an accident.
Jim Bove, a Redmond policeman spokesman said, “Whether you are driving a vehicle or riding a bike, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings.” He said that there have been at least three accidents involving bicyclists in the past month and this one has been the most serious. The pickup driver was said to be unfamiliar with the area.
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