Thursday, July 2, 2009

Rider Down

One dead in car-bike collision near Aurora Avenue North
Seattle police traffic collision investigators at the start of the fatal collision scene at Aurora Avenue North and Dexter Way North. (Casey McNerthney/

A bicyclist was killed Wednesday night after colliding with a car on an Aurora Avenue North off-ramp.

The man was struck about 10:20 p.m. in the southbound lanes of the Dexter Way North off-ramp. The driver was taken to Harborview Medical Center with minor injuries, Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman Helen Fitzpatrick said.

The driver may have been impaired, but police did not offer many details Wednesday night.

"We do have somebody in custody, but again, traffic collision investigators have not even started their investigation yet," police spokesman Mark Jamieson said immediately after the collision. "I anticipate they'll be out there for several hours at least while they investigate this."

The Dexter Way North off-ramp and some southbound lanes of Aurora Avenue North were closed early Thursday morning.

Medics were initially called to Dexter Way North and Aurora Avenue North. It was not clear if the cyclist had been on Aurora, but it is legal to ride there. For more information, click here.

The riders age and name were not released early Thursday.

The Dexter Way North off ramp was closed early Thursday morning while police investigated a fatal collision between a bike and car. (Casey McNerthney/

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