Bicyclist killed in Thursday morning crash in Kirkland

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A 35-year-old bicycle commuter from Bellevue was killed in Kirkland early Thursday morning after he was struck by a man driving an SUV.

Kirkland police told reporters the driver of the SUV has been booked on suspicion of driving under the influence.

News reports say the collision happened about 3 a.m. at the intersection of NE 124th Street and 132 Avenue NE. Kirkland police are investigating and expect the intersection to be closed until nearly noon.

Update: See “Vigil for bicyclist killed in Kirkland is 4 p.m. Friday”

The bicyclist has not been identified, pending notification of next of kin. A police spokesman said on-air that the bicyclist was “doing everything right.” He was wearing reflective clothing and had a helmet headlamp and blinker.

Although there's no word on details of the crash, TV footage on KING showed damage to the left front headlight and fender of the SUV. Apparently the driver drove down the street and turned around after striking the cyclist.

The fatality marks the fifth bicyclist to die in traffic in the Seattle area the second half of the year. This is the second bicycle fatality this year in Kirkland.

John Przychodzen, 49, of Kirkland was struck down on the shoulder of Juanita Drive in July. The motorist, charged with an improper lane change, was fined $42.

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