Seattle Cyclist Jose Hernando Dies

Jose Hernando has died from injuries sustained in an accident with a van on Lake Washington Blvd in Seattle last week. Hernando was a member of Team Cucina Fresca and raced in the master men’s division. He was 44 and leaves behind his wife, Chanel, and two children.

“Jose was on a training ride on his bike Friday early evening when he was struck by a van on Lake Washington Blvd near Seward Park. He was taken to Harborview with critical injuries and underwent many hours of surgery on his spine and other injuries very early Saturday morning.”

Hernando’s family is writing about the accident, his death, and the memorial over the weekend on the Caring Bridge website.

Biking Bis and the Rainier Valley Post have posted about the accident and death as well. Details are not clear, but the accident may have been a “left hook.”

Kevin Black was killed in an accident in Ballard with a van earlier this year.

Condolences to the family from the staff here at Bike Hugger.



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Condolences to Hernando’s family and to the cycling community there.

Slight nerdy technical quibble: It’s a left cross.

We weren’t able to determine what happened from the blog posts and without a news or accident details post, but that does seem likely. The coincidence of two van/bike deaths in one year is scary.

This is so sad, but no suprise.  I live on Lake Washington Boulevard and see problems with the motorist/biking situation all the time.  They should extend the days and hours for “no motorists” or make Lake Washington Boulevard a one way during peak hours.  In the morning going north and in the early eveing going south.  Something?!

Don’t ride it everyday, but enough to know that when i5 is congested, the BLVD becomes a thoroughfare. That may have contributed to this accident.

Deana, there is someone working on what you mentioned.  His name is Dan Swedlow and can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you are interested in being kept in the loop or are interested in helping.

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