Update: 1 hurt in motorcycle-pickup collision on West Marginal Way

August 23, 2014 at 12:57 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 10 Comments

FIRST REPORT, 12:57 PM: A car-motorcycle collision in the 4700 block of West Marginal Way has police blocking the road, so avoid that area. No word yet on injuries.

1:17 PM: We’re at the scene; West Marginal is blocked just south of T-107 Park. According to emergency radio, the motorcycle rider is a 58-year-old man who is being rushed to Harborview Medical Center, and a preliminary description of the collision indicated that he was riding “at traffic speed” when a pickup truck “pulled out in front of him.” His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, so they’ll be reopening the road after tow trucks arrive and clear wreckage.

10 Comments

  1. My husband was at the collision moments after it happened. He said there was a lot of blood, but he was still breathing. The motorcycle rider was wearing his helmet and did try to move, but everyone was calming him down and begging him to stay still and wait for the ambulance. My prayers are with him and his family.

    Comment by Work smart — 1:17 pm August 23, 2014 #

  2. As a rider,this is my worst fear. People need to pay attention to bikers. This man could’ve easily been killed. I hope he’ll be ok.

    Comment by alki Resident — 1:37 pm August 23, 2014 #

  3. It’s still summer, and lots of motorcycles out there. Everyone needs to pay more attention, both riders and drivers. When pulling out onto streets and major roads, make sure you can see everything. If it’s on a curve, don’t assume. Someone’s life might depend on it. Hope the rider will recover quickly :(

    Comment by JanS — 1:38 pm August 23, 2014 #

  4. I saw the accident and lots of blood! There were amazing people helping. It made me sob- worrying about this motorcycliest!!! Our family said prayers!!please let us know how he is doing!!

    Comment by westseattlemom — 3:38 pm August 23, 2014 #

  5. WSMom – without a name, we won’t have any way of knowing unless someone who knows him posts an update here (as does often happen in stories like this) – but the medical information exchange on the emergency radio did describe him as “alert” as they were preparing to take him to the hospital, which is a promising sign – TR

    Comment by WSB — 3:41 pm August 23, 2014 #

  6. Crap, sounds like another SMIDSY (Sorry Mate, I Didn’t See You’ situation. Cagers gotta get a clue; when I’m riding, this is my greatest fear. Those of us on two wheels act like we’re invisible, because most car drivers simply aren’t ‘programmed’ to see us! I sure hope the rider will be OK, and let’s all learn from this; VISUALIZE MOTORCYCLES (and scooters and bicycles too, please)!

    Comment by Citizen Sane — 8:47 pm August 23, 2014 #

  7. Wishing this fellow rider well, and a quick recovery.

    Comment by Wendell — 9:38 pm August 23, 2014 #

  8. Louder pipes and brighter lights

    Comment by pw — 7:37 am August 25, 2014 #

  9. Please do post an update – anyone with information – I hope this fellow rider will ride again some day.

    Last week I took the opportunity to scold a woman (mid fifties, driving a Subaru) who was driving recklessly, continually drifting towards the parked cars and then over-correcting. This was on California passing Hyawatha Park. I was riding behind her and could see her in her sideview mirror, looking at her lap and only occasionally glancing up – SHE WAS TEXTING!

    I mention this because it is way too easy to hurt or kill someone by being willfully or otherwise distracted. In the case of this woman, there were kids around, people with dogs and strollers on the sidewalks and corners, and yes, a motorcyclist too. It is beyond insensitive, and with school days approaching, isn’t it time that we all pay attention and care for each other?

    When I pulled next to her at the light at Cali/Admiral I asked her to stop texting and pay attention, she just puffed out her cheeks in exasperation and waved me away. Nice.

    I have been riding for 43 years, all over the country, and my closest calls have been with clueless drivers. I have lost friends this way. Please, be watchful and don’t eat, text, talk on your phone or any of the other distracting things you can do in your car (and think no one sees you)

    Comment by Kevin McHugh — 10:50 am August 25, 2014 #

  10. He is someone that the community of West Seattle knows well. My son said that he was hurt badly but that he should recover. Prayers to him and his family.

    Comment by Lola — 5:07 am August 30, 2014 #

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