Cyclist sought in alleged hit-and-run with other bike rider on I-90 bridge

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People tend to the bicyclist Brenda Dawson injured in a collision with another bike on the I-90 bridge walkway. The other woman in the alleged hit-and-run accident can be seen behind them with her hand on her face.

SEATTLE — The collision happened in the afternoon on Wednesday, April 30.

Brenda Dawson was out for her first bike ride of the season, commuting home from work.

She was on the I-90 bridge deck, navigating two-way bicycle traffic and pedestrians when she says she saw an oncoming cyclist veer into her lane.

“I gave it one or two seconds for her to look up and change her course and then I yelled, watch out, and then the collision. I must have closed my eyes because I heard the sound of crunching bikes,” victim Brenda Dawson said.

Dawson was thrown from her bike and injured.

“I hit my right shoulder and then I felt my right arm scraping against the ground, just grinding like, ouch, and then my head just slam and I knew that wasn’t good,” Dawson said.

She has a broken elbow, an injured shoulder and badly bruised hip.

Dawson remembers the other woman talking to her just before the woman got on her bike and rode away.

“She asked if I needed anything and I didn’t think she was asking to be dismissed from the scene. I thought she was asking if she could provide any assistance, you know, do you need anything and I said no. Next thing I know the guys were saying she’s leaving, she’s leaving,” Dawson said.

The other bicyclist is described as a white woman, 25 to 35 years old with sandy blonde, shoulder-length hair.

She was not wearing a helmet or traditional cycling clothing and was riding a Fuji hybrid bike with straight handlebars.

Troopers say that when she rode away, she broke the law.

“For vehicular assault or even a felony hit-and-run, as just involving the operator of a vehicle, and if you read the other RCWs (Revised Code of Washington state laws), a vehicle is defined as any vehicle traveling on the roadway, which would include a bicycle,” Washington State Patrol Sgt. Stacy Moate said.

That means she should have stayed and traded contact and insurance information, just as one would do in a car crash.

If found, she could be charged with vehicular assault or felony hit-and-run.

Dawson is going in for elbow surgery Tuesday.

She says she will likely be off her bike six to eight weeks but she also expects to be out several thousands of dollars for medical bills.

She says she doesn’t want the woman to be charged, but if she has insurance she would like help with her medical expenses.

If anyone saw the accident or knows the suspect, you’re asked to call the Washington State Patrol.

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  • Steve B

    Bicyclists don't have to have insurance to operate their bicycle – DUH! A bicyclist hit my car last year causing hundreds of dollars in damage. The only thing I can do is to sue him. Bicyclists don't pay for the lanes they use; they don't have to pay high registration fees (like automobile drivers do); they don't have to have insurance. Sounds like a win, win, win situation for bicyclists. Wake up Washington!!

  • TMac

    This is the dumbest thing I have ever read. Maybe the injured woman was at fault? Maybe the other girl was injured and just shrugged it off? So lame…and so Seattle.

  • Jan Seeley

    @TMac…lame? The law says you have to stop and exchange info. Bike riders are not above the law. Period. No matter if she was injured, or thought it no big deal…she was wrong. Simple. No one is privileged, no matter what they think.

  • TommyMag

    I didn’t even know there was such a thing as bike insurance? Anyone else ever hear of it? Thing is, motorists are expected to know about the rules of the road and insurance requirements because they have to in order to get a licence. There are no such requirements for cyclists. They don’t get licensed, they don’t pay fees and taxes that go towards the roads and streets they ride on and they aren’t required to have insurance. If there is an expectation a cyclist must follow the same requirements as a motor vehicle operator then one would expect that they would have to be licensed. This cyclist was negligent and should be paying the victims bills, but to call it hit and run is stretching it a bit and makes just about every kid who has riden into a mailbox or parked car a criminal.

  • Erik

    You honestly had to run another article on this? It's a joke, people fall off their bikes and hurt themselves every single day. Exchange information? For what purpose? She asked if the person was okay and needed anything, she said no, I would have left too.

    I seriously hope that the police are not using taxpayer money to honestly look for this person. Accidents happen, I am sure that they other person probably got bruised up as well. Get over it, if you choose to ride a bike as a hobby there's a pretty good chance your going to fall off at some point. I think the saying is "rub some dirt on it".

  • Ted

    The fact that the article had to manipulate the R.C.W., by saying this is a ‘vehicle on the highway’, just how convicted they are in finding a charge, whether it’s true or not. This was a bicycle on the sidewalk, not a vehicle on the highway. Drive your car down the bike lane, and hit someone, now you got a crime. A bicycle is a risk, you know that. Not to mention the lady didn’t want to press charges, just the cops.

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