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MONROE, Wash. -- A Monroe bicyclist is dead after being hit three times by three different cars Wednesday night.

It happened on Highway 2 near Old Owen Road around 7:30 p.m. Two of the drivers pulled over, but the one who initially hit the woman didn t.

Snohomish County Sheriff s Office sheriff's deputies thought a truck found at a Park & Ride near Gold Bar may have belonged to the first driver, but Monroe police later determined it was not associated with the hit-and-run.

People in the area say the way the intersection is designed, another incident is destined to happen again.

I can t even comprehend it, you can t, said Carol McMeekin, a friend of the victim.

Friends placed flowers and candles and said prayers near the spot the woman bicyclist was hit.

That s someone s daughter, said McMeekin.

The victim was staying at a motel nearby.

She was such a nice lady, said Christopher Johnson, the motel s manager.

According to Johnson, the victim helped children and was trying to get back on her feet.

It s hard especially since the fact that she was homeless while doing all this, a great person was lost, said Johnson.

Residents say the woman s death highlights a problem that s driving concern in the community.

Drivers don t watch for pedestrians a whole lot and I see so many pedestrians not watching for drivers and it s a bad combination, said Keith Wiggins, who works nearby.

McMeekin has almost been hit in the intersection.

It s really too dangerous there. Moms pushing strollers with children and cars come in and bump into them, knocking over the stroller, said McMeekin.

Residents say unless something is done, a death will happen again.

This is a big intersection with not a lot of safety here, said McMeekin.

The Snohomish Medical Examiner s Office will release the identity of the victim Friday.



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