A bicyclist was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Tuesday morning after being struck by a vehicle on Martin Way near the Interstate 5 on-ramp, officials say.
The bicyclist, who was described by Lacey Fire District 3 officials as a man in his 30s, sustained “very serious head injuries,” according to Lacey Police Det. Sgt. Terence Brimmer.
“He was not wearing a helmet,” Brimmer said.
Witnesses told police that the bicyclist was traveling east on Martin Way in a bicycle lane. He was struck by a passenger vehicle traveling west on Martin Way, as it was headed toward the southbound I-5 ramp, Brimmer said. The eastbound traffic was stopped, but the bicyclist kept going, Brimmer said.
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“She (the driver) basically didn’t see him and struck him as he was crossing the street,” Brimmer said. “… It looks like she was making a turn with the green.”
He said the crash is under investigation.
A Thurston County dispatcher said the crash was reported about 6:50 a.m.
The northbound lanes of Martin Way near College Street were closed for about two hours for the investigation.