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Bicyclist seriously injured in crash on Monroe Street

Police survey the scene of a crash, JULY 16, 2015, at the intersection of Monroe Street and York Avenue that sent a bicyclist to the hospital with serious head injuries Thursday evening. Larry Murphy, the driver of the pickup truck, said the bicyclist sped into oncoming traffic, giving him little time to react.  (Chad Sokol / The Spokesman-Review)
Police survey the scene of a crash, JULY 16, 2015, at the intersection of Monroe Street and York Avenue that sent a bicyclist to the hospital with serious head injuries Thursday evening. Larry Murphy, the driver of the pickup truck, said the bicyclist sped into oncoming traffic, giving him little time to react. (Chad Sokol / The Spokesman-Review)

Another bicyclist was hospitalized with serious head injuries after a crash around 4 p.m. Thursday at Monroe Street and York Avenue.

“He went flying over my hood,” said Larry Murphy, the driver of the Chevy pickup that collided with the bicyclist while traveling south on Monroe.

Murphy said the bicyclist sped into oncoming traffic while traveling west on York, giving him no time to react. The bicyclist slammed into the left headlight of his truck.

Spokane police still were surveying the scene around 6 p.m. and the intersection was closed in all directions. The mountain bike remained in the intersection.

Cpl. Dave Adams said it appears Murphy is not at fault, and there is no indication he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Adams said the bicyclist, described only as a male, was taken immediately to a local hospital and is expected to survive.


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