Bicyclist wanted in hit-and-run crash with other cyclist on I-90

Bicyclist wanted in hit-and-run crash with other cyclist on I-90
Woman suspected by State Patrol troopers as striking another bicyclist on the I-90 floating bridge on April 30.
SEATTLE -- State Patrol detectives are looking for a woman who, while riding her bike on the I-90 floating bridge two weeks ago, crashed into another cyclist, then took off.

It was around 3:15 p.m. on April 30 when Brenda Dawson was riding eastbound on the bike path at the bridge's west end. Dawson said she was then struck by a westbound cyclist who was distracted by a nearby disabled vehicle.

"As she passed the vehicle she continued to look and as she looked her bike moved into my lane," Dawson said.

Dawson screamed and braked, but the cyclist slammed into her. She says she remembers the sounds, scrapes... and strangers who rushed to her side.

"I was terrified to be alone, I didn't want to be left alone," she said.

The crash cracked Dawson's helmet, fractured her pelvis and broke her elbow. She says the woman who hit her should come forward and help cover medical expenses.

"I heard her female voice say 'Are you OK?' and I said no, and she said, 'I'm sorry,' " Dawson said.

And then she left, continuing westbound toward Seattle. Dawson is stunned by that but still moved by the kindness of strangers.

"It's all the people at the scene that stopped and helped me," she said. "You think, 'well why wouldn't you do that?' Well the woman on the bike didn't. She left me face down."

Dawson says the inattentive woman has a responsibility and so do all cyclists.

"We need to slow down when it congested, expect the unexpected," Dawson said.

Dawson said prosecutors are wanting to file hit-and-run charges against the woman. The suspect, pictured above, is described as a 25-35 years old with sandy blonde, shoulder length hair. She was riding a Fuji Absolute bicycle and was not wearing a helmet or traditional cycling clothing, troopers said.

If you have any information related to this collision and/or events leading up to the collision, you are asked to please call Detective Ruth Medeiros at (425) 401-7719.