Boy on Bicycle Struck by Motorist Near Island Park Elementary

Eyewitness reports say cyclist was struck in a crosswalk, and the vicitm was later taken to Harborview Medical Center with minor injuries.

Mercer Island Police shut down Island Crest Way for an extended period on Wednesday evening after a cyclist was struck by a vehicle in the roadway near Island Crest Elementary School.

Police dispatchers confirmed the victim was struck at 4:22 p.m. in the 5400 block of Island Crest Way. Eyewitness reports said Mercer Island Fire Department emergency personnel assisted someone on the ground just outside the most southern crosswalk by the school.

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Unconfirmed reports suggested that the accident victim is an Islander Middle School student who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. He reportedly struck the windshield with his head. Another boy on a bicycle was riding behind the accident victim and was unharmed.

An on-duty lieutenant with the Mercer Island Fire Department confirmed the victim suffered minor injuries in the accident was transported to a local hospital.

Thomas Imrich February 08, 2013 at 06:46 PM
@Upset and Insider. I certainly concur on the sadness of accidents, and on any injury or loss. But Irrational?? Maybe just perhaps a nerve has been struck here ??? Getting too close to the truth ? Note: The accident rate goes to ZERO... if the mean velocity goes to zero.... Is that maybe the next plan ??? Also...M1v1=m2V2 doesn't need to obey either political commentary or any Council spun press release on these kinds of topics. PS. The School District and School Board are doing JUST FINE now, if not even an excellent job, now that they've essentially ignored all the advice they got previously from the last round of Council endorsements for the recently incinerated school bond levy..
Rouchard Duprie February 08, 2013 at 07:44 PM
@Imrich, bro, we all want a better community here on the island. We can solve many issues with clear, calm dialogue. Let's start by being civil to each other. An obnoxious, condescending tone will likely accomplish very little and alienate the very people you're trying to work with.
Thomas Imrich February 08, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Mr. Duprie, I fully concur. Many of these kinds of issues, like the future of bicycle accommmodation on our Island, are far too important for much of our entire community to escape wide notice, with policies now often being set quietly behind the scenes, driven by partisan interests or advocates. Instead these issues need to be dealt with openly, having wide public input, and with serious scrutiny, with some perhaps even being decided by public referendum, rather than by Council or City unilateral action.
TooUpsetToGiveMyRealName February 08, 2013 at 09:36 PM
@Imcrich -- Note that the article states the accident occurred " just outside the most southern crosswalk by the school.". This is an area entirely unaffected by what you suggest are the doings of city council...the "road diet" didn't affect that location one iota. Your railing about the city's efforts are totally off the mark, irrelevant and unrelated to the events at hand.
Thomas Imrich February 09, 2013 at 01:41 AM
@TooUpset. You're wrong again. My point is that the increasing exposure to dangerous bike, bus, truck, and car encounters on this island due to BAD transport policy, portends yet more safety concern. Instead, those City bike related policies and plans need to be widely publicly vetted, instead of essentially being set and controlled largely by small number of partisan advocates, typically in back rooms and private residences, or on yachts, over Perrier and wine.


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