A 23-year old Aberdeen man was transported to the Grays Harbor Community Hospital Monday evening after riding his bicycle into the side of a car. Police and Fire responded to the collision just after 6 PM Monday in South Aberdeen.
The 47-year old Subaru driver was driving eastbound on Marion St. before stopping at the Boone St. stop sign. After ensuring it was clear to pull out to southbound Boone St., he started out when he was struck by the bicyclist. The cyclist was riding northbound on the sidewalk with no light. The cyclist struck the vehicle by the left front tire/quarter panel, and sustained a non-life threatening leg injury.
Traffic on Boone St. was limited to one lane for a period of time. Enforcement action is still pending completion of the investigation.
RCW 46.61.750 Traffic Laws Apply To Persons Riding Bicycles notes riders “shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle…” Bicycles are to be ridden with traffic on the same directional side of the roadway, and have illuminated lights during hours of darkness.
Aberdeen Municipal Code also requires bicycle riders to wear an approved helmet while riding.