In a tragic incident, a cyclist aged 27 died after being struck by a box truck on the outskirts of Kent. The accident happened in an early hour of the morning, which underscores the importance of vigilance and safety on the road for cyclists as well as drivers.
The tragic incident occurred at 5:40 a.m. on Wednesday morning. The cyclist was hit by a box truck on the eastbound lane of the Southeast Kent-Kangley Road close to the intersection of the 132nd Avenue Southeast. The quick response of emergency services, such as police, the Kent Police Department, and Puget Sound Fire crews was spurred by several 911 calls about the accident.
Despite the quick arrival of the emergency responders the cyclist 27 years old, from Kent was not saved and died on the spot. The driver of the truck, a 41-year-old man from Covington immediately halted his vehicle after the crash. As per reports, the driver of the truck is in full cooperation with investigators who are trying to determine the cause of the tragic incident.
PSF and KPD on scene of a fatal bike vs box truck accident. 132 and Kent Kangley east bound. The road will be closed for investigation. pic.twitter.com/OL0R0W3XBI— Puget Sound Fire (@PugetSoundFire) August 30, 2023
Temporary Road closure for investigation:
As authorities took charge of investigating this incident, one part of the Southeast Kent-Kangley Road in particular Southeast 272nd Street, was temporarily shut down between the 132nd Avenue Southeast and 144th Avenue Southeast. The closure was in effect for about three hours to allow for an exhaustive examination of the scene and the collection of evidence needed.
A reminder of road Security:
The heartbreaking incident serves as a poignant reminder of the vital significance of road safety to everyone on the road whether cyclists or motorists. These incidents highlight the necessity for increased awareness, respect for road rules, and mutual respect for the road to avoid such tragic results.
The Kent community grieves over the demise of a child’s life in this tragic accident. While the authorities attempt to determine the precise sequence of events, the tragedy highlights the necessity of promoting road safety and creating a safer environment for all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the victim through this difficult time.