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UPDATED: Bicyclist, 60, dies after crashing into van

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Aug. 10, 2012 at 12:49 pm with 5 Comments »
August 10, 2012 10:46 pm

UPDATED as of 10:45 p.m.: The bicyclist was pronounced dead this evening. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet identified the man.

INITIAL POST: A 60-year-old Tacoma bicyclist who crashed into a van Thursday remains in critical condition, police said.

The accident happened at 2:50 p.m. in the 6400 block of N. 26th Street near N. Vassault Street.

The driver of the van told officers the male bicyclist swerved left so he tried to steer out of the way but the bicyclist struck the side of the vehicle.

He was not wearing a helmet and suffered severe head injuries.

Leave a comment Comments → 5
  1. I am sure there is another side to the swerve story (other than solely the motorist’s statement).

    I must say that anyone who rides without safety gear, such as a helmet, is a fool. This accident is sad and the severity of the injuries could have been mitigated, if not avoided by donning head gear.

  2. DeschutesMan says:

    They will probably blame it on the Van driver after the activist groups get going on this one. If it was in Seattle it is automatically the Drivers fault. Just ask the Mayor of Seattle, bicyclists can do no wrong and get their own lane.

  3. sethfrazier says:

    This is so true. Wearing a helmet is akin to wearing a seat belt. Both of them greatly prevent catastrophic injuries. It just isn’t worth it to avoid wearing one.

    Hopefully this man will recover and not be a burden to his family or society.

  4. Regfool2 says:

    There could well have been a medical issue (heart attack, stroke) causing the bicyclist to swerve, folks. Don’t jump to conclusions. Condolences to his family, and to the invovled driver.

  5. buddyandelliott says:

    I agree with Reg, a lot of unexplained accidents such as this are explained in autopsy when evidence of heart attack or stroke are found. And in the case of a cover up story about a swerve, forensic evidence should show that as well.

    Reserve judgement unless you witnessed it.

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