Request for help: Anyone see a Beach Drive bicycle accident?

Jane is looking for anyone with information that can help her friend, who’s just come home from the hospital:

Yesterday afternoon (Friday 2/27), my friend had a bike accident … on Beach Drive. He flipped over his handlebars, hit pavement, cracked his helmet, and, fortunately (given what could’ve resulted), is escaping with a broken collarbone and a concussion that has given him a headache but will eventually go away. Because of the concussion he doesn’t really remember what happened before or during (or for that matter, immediately after) the accident. In the process of calling through my friend’s cell phone contacts, paramedics called my house and spoke to my husband, and it seems someone must have called 911 for my friend, and paramedics or ER docs told both him and my husband that witnesses said he was biking fast but hit a patch of gravel or something on the road. At any rate, on the off-chance any readers on here witnessed the accident or called it in (a thanks from him, by the way!), he is wondering what exactly happened, what you saw, etc. He wants to better piece together what took place.

There was a 3 pm call for medical help in the 4100 block of Beach Drive (map) on Friday afternoon and Jane says that was likely the one. If you have any information on the bicycle accident, please e-mail:

7 Replies to "Request for help: Anyone see a Beach Drive bicycle accident?"

  • ksk February 28, 2009 (10:38 pm)

    Maybe you could twitter this request. I’d be happy to RT to spread the word.

  • WSB February 28, 2009 (11:03 pm)

    All our stories go out as links on our secondary Twitter feed @westseattlenews – but since you suggest it, we’ll send it out on our busier @westseattleblog one too – thanks! TR

  • rw March 1, 2009 (6:19 am)

    To the victim, best wishes for a full and faster recovery.

    To the rest of us bicyclists, this is a vivid reminder of how treacherous the excess gravel on our streets can be.

  • Rhonda Porter March 1, 2009 (7:43 am)

    The road is so bad on Beach Drive–I’m glad he’s doing okay–I’ll post this (with a link back to WSB) on Beach Drive Blog, too.

  • WSB March 1, 2009 (7:48 am)

    thanks, Rhonda, I should have thought to send you an alert note after posting this … TR

  • mtnbike March 1, 2009 (1:34 pm)

    Is it possible the cyclist called for help? I had a Mountain biking accident about 10 years back that I can’t remember anything between the top of the hill and the hospital (I don’t even remember conversations or signing release forms at the hospital). It’s possible they’d called for help themselves but since they had a concussion they don’t remember it. I only know what my friends told me I was saying and signing at the hospital, they remember it, I don’t.

  • MAS March 2, 2009 (9:10 am)

    The call itself to 911 is a public record. Should be simple enough to find out who placed it.

    BTW, it doesn’t have to have been gravel. I saw someone riding with me go flying over the handlebars when a u-bolt flipped over the front wheel and rode the spoke to the forks.

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