Cyclist hit by truck miraculously survives

A 60-year-old man was cycling around Bainbridge Island, riding down Highway 305, when he merged into the left turn-lane. He remembers a vehicle coming up quickly to the left, behind him.

“As a biker knows, when you see something like that it’s a really bad thing. It shouldn’t have been there and it shouldn’t be overtaking me. I should have been the farthest left of everybody,” he said.

According to police, the 23-year-old female driver hit him, then ran over his head. She then stopped the car, took a look at the injured cyclist, and then drove off.

Luckily, there were witnesses who stopped and described the driver to police. At the time of her arrest, it appeared she had been driving under the influence and there was evidence of alcohol in the car.

“I knew something bad had happened. I knew I had been in a bicycle accident apparently,” he said about the moment he came to in the ambulance.

Fortunately, besides a concussion, there were no major injuries. He believes it is all thanks to a $50 helmet that took the brunt of the truck’s weight when it ran over his head.

“I’ve always worn a helmet. It seemed insane not to,” he said.

The driver of the pickup truck is a 23-year-old Poulsbo woman. She was arrested for vehicular assault and felony hit-and-run.

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