The Seattle Times reports that a tourist was killed and five people were injured when a pedicab ran a red light and collided with van in Belltown. Peter Dzioba, 60, of Watertown, Connecticut was killed in the accident. His wife, Mary Dzioba, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where she listed in satisfactory condition. The pedicab driver, a 23-year-old Seattle man was also listed in satisfactory condition.
The Dzioba’s were visiting Seattle to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary and were scheduled to take an Alaskan cruise.
The accident occurred in the Belltown section of Seattle on Cedar Street between First and Western. This area of Seattle has a steep grade. According to the report, the pedicab may have ran a red light and hit a scooter and then crashed into a minivan. Peter Dzioba was crushed under the van and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A pedicab is a tricycle with a rear seat for passengers. They are not regulated in Seattle. This is the first pedicab related death in the area. The pedicab involved in the accident is owned by Cascadia Cabs. The owner of the company, Ryan Hashagen, owns a fleet of 46 cabs and operates them in cities from Eugene, Oregon to Vancouver, B.C. The 17 that are operated in Seattle mostly traverse a route along the waterfront and around Seattle Center and the Sodo district.
The cause of the accident is being investigated. Speculation on the cause is that the brakes on the pedicab failed or that they were not designed for the load it was carrying on such a steep grade.
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