A Seattle cyclist was struck and killed by a van at a dangerous intersection in the city. The driver of the van is cooperating with the police and did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Ballard UW Scientist Killed While Biking When Hit By Van


Posted on Feb 27, 2009

The Seattle Post Intelligencer reported that a cyclist was killed by a van collision in Ballard in Seattle, Washington, on February 3, 2009. An investigation is still underway concerning how and why the accident took place, though many note that the intersection is a dangerous one with a history of vehicle crashes and serious injuries.

The cyclist, 39-year-old Kevin Black, was a molecular neurobiologist who worked at the University of Washington for the past 15 years. He was an employee of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He was biking to work around 9 am when his bike collided with a Ford Van at the intersection of Northwest 64th street and 24th Avenue Northwest. Seattle Police began receiving a flood of 911 calls while at the accident scene, civilians began to give aide to the injured biker immediately. While one man administered CPR, a registered nurse helped as well. When official emergency workers arrived minutes later, Black was rushed to Harborview Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

According to eye witness reports, the bike and van were traveling in the same direction with the biker on the left side of the other vehicle. Some think the two collided when the biker tried to go straight at the intersection while the van turned left into the biker. The unidentified driver of the van did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol and is fully cooperating with the police.

Black left behind a wife and two children. He was known for being a hard worker and for his long bike commutes to work. Soon after the news of his bike accident spread, flowers, candles, notes, and a small collection of friends, colleagues, and bikers collected at the deadly intersection.

"He was, No. 1, a great dad. He was an excellent scientist," colleague Legay Sheridan said. "This was his first job out of college."

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