Posted on May 2, 2013 at 11:14 PM
SEATTLE - Lance David of Federal Way died Wednesday morning after being hit by a semi truck in South Seattle.
Police said a preliminary investigation indicated that a 53-year-old man driving a flatbed semi-truck was attempting a right turn from westbound South Hanford Street to northbound East Marginal Way South.
At the same time David, a 54-year-old bicyclist, was northbound on East Marginal Way South approaching South Hanford Street.
For reasons that have yet to be determined, David collided with the truck-trailer’s left side wheels in or near the intersection and went down. Fire department medics responded and after administering CPR treatment, pronounced him dead at the scene.
Steve Birds has been friends with David for more than twenty years. Together they have hiked mountains and participated in bike races.
"When you see the mangled bike in the street, and you know that is your friends bike that you have done countless miles with, it is hard to picture," said Birds.
A memorial now sits at the intersection where it happened.
D.L. Byron operates a blog about cycling in the city, called Bike Hugger. He said the mix of port traffic with cars and bikes creates a chaotic situation.
"Down here I refer to it as a gauntlet," said Byron who would like to see safety improvements.
Mayor Mike McGinn said the corridor had not been brought to his attention until Wednesday's collision.
"This accident certainly caused me to call in my department head and my traffic engineer to say what can we do right now," said McGinn.
Read the Mayor's statement about East Marginal Way here
Lance David leaves behind a wife and adult children. Thursday night his daughter said he had been cycling for more than 10 years.
"Our family is grieving the loss of an absolutely wonderful husband, father, brother, and friend," wrote Diana David in a statement to King 5.