Spokane County Sheriff's Office Press Release:
On Monday, April 29, 2013, Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a vehicle/bicycle collision at Hawthorne and Whittier. At about 4:45 p.m., 911 received a call that a bicyclist had been hit by a vehicle and was lying on the street.
Deputies arrived to find a 15-year-old male on Hawthorne with compound fractures to his left leg. According to witnesses, the bicyclist rode his bike northbound across Hawthorne right in front of a SUV traveling eastbound. The bicyclist rode in front of a truck that was legally parked on Hawthorne and was struck by the SUV. There was no impairment involved in the collision and the driver of the SUV was not cited.
Sheriff's Office Collision Investigators responded and closed Hawthorne Road for about an hour and a half. The bicycle rider was transported to a local hospital.
With summer time approaching, the Sheriff's Office would like to remind motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to follow the rules of the road. Bicycle riders can ride in the lane of travel in Spokane County but must obey all rules of the road like a vehicle. When crossing the street where there are no pedestrian control devices, bicyclists and pedestrians have to make sure there is a natural, safe void in traffic before crossing.
SPOKANE, Wash. - Hawthorne at Whittier north of Spokane is back open as investigators with the Spokane County Sheriff's Department have finished processing the scene.
Deputies say an SUV was eastbound on Hawthorne when a 15-year-old boy came out of a driveway in between two parked cars and was struck by the SUV. The bicyclist was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, including a compound leg fracture.
Detectives say alcohol and speed were not factors in the collision. The driver was not cited.
Hawthorne is now back open.
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says Hawthorne will be closed for a while as investigators look into a collision that left a bicyclist with serious injuries.
The Sheriff's Department says the car vs. bicycle crash happened near the area of Hawthorne and Whittier.
The bicyclist has serious injuries, though the extent is unknown at this time.
KHQ has a crew on scene and will update this story as soon as more information becomes available.