Driver hits cyclist, throwing teen off 41st Street overpass

EVERETT— An Everett man is under investigation for vehicular assault after he reportedly drove into a teenage cyclist Sunday night, knocking the boy off the 41st Street overpass and onto Broadway below.

The boy, believed to be 16, suffered a broken foot and a possible broken neck from the 30-foot fall, according to the arrest report. He was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive, Everett police spokesman Aaron Snell said Monday.

The accident happened just after 10 p.m.

The driver, 52, reportedly told police he believed he had a seizure despite taking his epilepsy medication. He also allegedly told officers he had been drinking beer or wine a few hours before the crash.

The man’s 1999 Ford Ranger pickup was found up against the barrier on the westbound shoulder, facing eastbound, reports show. He was sitting in the driver’s seat with his eyes shut.

The boy’s girlfriend had been riding her bike about 50 feet behind him. She told officers she saw the Ford swerve into oncoming traffic and hit the boy.

Police believe the boy fell about 20 feet onto a hillside and then tumbled into the street.

The driver wasn’t hurt in the crash. He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail about 2:30 a.m. Monday.

At the scene, the driver reportedly had trouble standing and could not move his hands well. His speech was slurred, and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy, officers wrote in court papers.

The driver has no felony history in Washington. His bail was set at $25,000 Monday during a brief hearing in Everett District Court.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Minutes mattered the day Pat Ward was brought back to life

The Mukilteo police and fire chaplain died at breakfast. She got a second chance thanks to a waitress.

Cool additions at an elementary school in Everett

A totem pole and new gardens grace the courtyard of Whittier Elementary School.

Kids suspected in school’s smashed windows and other damage

The cost of the damage at Explorer Middle School in south Everett is estimated to be $5,000.

Recall issued for about 1,250 pounds of meat

Camano Island’s Sausage Haus products might be contaminated.

3 women seek open seat in 39th District

The GOP nominees hope to fill the opening created by the resignation of Republican John Koster.

Lake Stevens High senior has an entrepreneurial mind

John Cramer crafts and sells designer pens to help pay for college

Marysville-Arlington fiber-optic link planned by Comcast

The high-speed internet line, to be ready next year, is seen as a boost for business development.

Cellphone carrier substation in Snohomish vandalized

Detectives with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a… Continue reading

Driver flees deputy in Everett, then crashes, injuring 2

The suspect fled on foot but was tracked down and captured nearby. He was treated for injuries.

Most Read