Bicyclist dies in collision on 24th Ave. in Ballard
SPD is releasing new details in the fatal crash this morning involving a bicyclist and a van at 24th Ave. near 65th St. Both the van and the bicyclist were headed southbound on 24th Ave. “As the traffic signal turned green for southbound and northbound traffic (at 65th), witnesses stated the van proceeded through the intersection and the bicyclist passed all the stopped southbound vehicles on the left at a high rate of speed then briefly moved back into the bicycle lane,” police say. “South of the intersection the van signaled and moved into the left turn lane in order to turn left onto NW 64th Street. Witnesses stated the bicyclist attempted to pass the van on the left as it entered the turn lane. The bicyclist collided with the left rear of the van.” Medics tried to revive the 39-year-old man, but his injuries were too severe.
There will be a public service this Saturday, 2pm February 7th, at The Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church located at 5041 9th Avenue NE. All are welcome even if arriving immediately after a ride.
The Black family and Alki Rubicon Racing would like to encourage anyone and everyone who knew Kevin to take part in a short procession and dinner/potluck/celebration to follow at Golden Gardens. The group will be departing from the corner of 65th and 24th NW this Sunday, February 8 at 2.15pm, heading to the Golden Gardens Bath House. In a effort to include multiple circles of Kevin’s life and provide the opportunity for celebration and reflection of Kevin we encourage cyclists and non cyclists to bring their wheels for the procession. Our hope is that Sunday will an outward facing event to heal ourselves, each other, and the community.
Kevin loved Mexican food, and had a favorite enchilada recipe. In memory of this, the food theme for his wake will be Mexican. Please bring appropriate food and drink and be prepared to come hang with us and Kevin’s family from 3-8pm. An indoor, outdoor, Northwest beach experience to help friends and family heal from the loss of our awesome friend, dad, son, and teammate.
Megan and Emily:
For those of you that have enquired about Megan and Emily they are in good hands, with lots of love, great family as well as plenty of financial support. With this in mind, the family has indicated that they will not be setting up a memorial fund. However the family and Alki Rubicon would recommend that if you wish to contribute, please give to a program that was near and dear to Kevin, the bicycle safety education program. This program is part of the Cascade Bicycle Club’s Education Foundation and is geared towards teaching bicycle safety to elementary, middle school and high school students. www.cbcef.org
65th and 24th in Ballard, across from the Viking. We’ve all ridden through there before. All drank at the Viking. All did what Kevin did a thousand times when a car lumbers out into traffic. I mean… damn.
Best wishes to his family. If you pedal, head out to the memorial on Saturday I guess. A ghost bike is going up tonight on the corner.