Ofc. Teresa Fuller
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Drivers are being asked to use an alternate route for the next 20 minutes or so as Spokane Police Major Crimes Collision Investigators finish processing the scene of a vehicle/bicycle crash that occurred at Upriver and Haven this afternoon. The collision involved a Spokane Police Officer and their department owned vehicle. The bicyclist sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries and is being treated at a local hospital. The officer did receive some minor injuries as well, but did not seek treatment at this time. Upriver is expected to be impacted from Perry to Greene until approximately 7:20pm.
Today, July 26, 2016, just after 5:00pm, an officer with the Spokane Police Department radioed into dispatch he’d been involved in a collision in the 2900 block of east Upriver. In a follow up phone call, the officer advised the crash involved a bicyclist that had sustained some serious injuries and asked for responding officers to start closing the road for the safety of those involved as well as to preserve the evidence at the scene.
Preliminary information indicates the bicyclist was southbound on Haven, rode through a stop sign, and collided with the officer who was eastbound on Upriver. The bicyclist collided with the driver’s side of the police car, breaking the driver’s side mirror off, shattering the driver’s side front window, and causing damage to the front driver’s side quarter panel. The injuries the officer received were due to the broken glass coming into the vehicle at the time of the crash.
Investigators have interviewed witnesses from the scene and have also collected video of the crash taken from the area. The video showed the bicyclist failing to stop for the stop sign and showed the officer attempting to take evasive maneuvers to avoid the crash.
The Spokane Police Department would like to remind bicyclists that utilize the roads that they are also subject to the laws that apply to motorists. Please take the time to make sure your bikes are in working order, wear your helmet, and obey all traffic laws. With the great weather we’ve been having, motorists are urged to double check for bikes, pedestrians, and motorcyclists who are out enjoying the sunshine.
Officer John O'Brien