Several readers passed along reports of a collision between the truck in the above photo and a cyclist at the west side of First Avenue at Ninth Street earlier this morning.
In an email sent at 7:50 a.m., a reader said: "I was told rider was under truck .. and taken to hospital."
There isn't any other information available at the moment about the condition of the cyclist and who may have been at fault in the collision.
As of 8:30., the intersection remained taped off while investigators were on their way to the scene, according to witnesses.
[Photo via OlympiasEpiriot]
We'll update if/when more information becomes available.
Updated 11:30 a.m.
According to DNAinfo, the cyclist, whose name has not been released, is a 31-year-old woman. She was riding in the northbound bike lane when the truck reportedly struck her.
She suffered severe head trauma and was treated at Bellevue Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition, police said.
The truck driver remained at the scene and wasn't immediately arrested, police said.
Per Streetsblog, "the available information suggests the truck driver failed to yield to the cyclist."
First Avenue has a parking-protected bike lane, but at most intersections, cyclists and turning motorists proceed during the same signal phase through “mixing zones.”
Turning drivers are supposed to yield to cyclists at the mixing zone, but the treatment is not as safe as intersections where cyclists and turning drivers have separate signal phases. These “split-phase” signals have a demonstrably better safety record than mixing zones.
A friend of the victim told us on Sunday that doctors were optimistic about her chances for recovery.
Unfortunately, there were complications. DNAinfo now reports that Kelly Hurley was taken off life support yesterday.
Per DNAinfo: "Investigators were still reviewing video, the spokesman added, and the driver could still be charged."
Last evening around 6, a group of 12-15 cyclists left flowers at the scene of the collision.
[Photo by Lola Sáenz]
I reached out to a family member... and will update when more information is available.