As a former bicycle messenger, these stories are near and dear to my heart:
Seattle Police are looking for the driver of a red minivan that slammed into a bicyclist in Belltown then drove off, leaving the biker critically injured.
The crash happened around 7:00p.m. Monday on First Avenue between Bell and Blanchard streets.
The bicyclist, a 30-year old man, was taken to Haborview Medical Center.
If you know anything about this incident, please contact the Seattle Police Department: http://www.seattle.gov/police/contact/
Remember, if you are on two wheels, ride like you’re invisible. To many people, you probably are.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it is far too easy to get and maintain a driver’s license in this country. Episodes like this only help to illustrate my point. It also underscores why we desperately need more bicycle lanes in the city of Seattle. What is seen as a minor inconvenience for car drivers is actually life and death for bicyclists.
It is my sincere hope that the cyclist is okay, and while I am skeptical of it happening, I really hope the driver is caught and is never allowed to drive ever again.