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

Within an hour, 2 planes crash-land at Paine Field

One simply landed hard and went off the end of a runway. Another crash involved unextended landing gear.

Mill Creek’s Donna Michelson ready to retire at year’s end

The city’s longest-serving council member says she has every intention of staying involved.

Leanne Smiciklas, the friendly lady who served customers of her husband’s Old School Barbeque from a schoolbus parked in front of the Reptile Zoo east of Monroe, has died at 64. (Dan Bates / Herald file)
Without her, beloved BBQ hotspot in Monroe can’t go on

Leanne Smiciklas, who ran the now-closed Old School BBQ along Highway 2 with her husband, died.

Foundation awards grants to Arlington schools

The Arlington Education Foundation on Nov. 13 presented a check to the… Continue reading

Snohomish County firefighters head to California for 18 days

They’re from Fire District 26 in Gold Bar, Getchell Fire and Fire District 7.

State commission reprimands Snohomish County judge for DUI

Judge Marybeth Dingledy had pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a day in jail.

Driver arrested after car strikes pedestrian in Everett

The pedestrian was crossing the road near 12th Street and Broadway. He was injured.

Active Casino Road volunteer honored for work

Molina Healthcare recently honored Jorge Galindo, from Everett, as one of its… Continue reading

Over $12K raised to InspireHER

InspireHER, a local organization that encourages female empowerment, raised over $12,000 at… Continue reading

Most Read