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Bicyclist killed in collision on highway

A bicyclist was killed in a collision with a vehicle on the highway at Agatewood Road Monday night.

Thomas A. Kendall, age 59, of Port Townsend, was pronounced dead at the scene after the 11:15 p.m. accident.

He was not wearing a helmet, and his bicycle was not equipped with a headlight, police say.

The driver, a 17-year-old Bainbridge Island boy, was uninjured but was taken to the hospital as a precaution, Bainbridge Police Detective Scott Anderson said.

Police say Kendall was riding northbound when he collided with a 1995 Acura as it pulled out into the highway. The driver was attempting a left turn into the southbound lanes from Agatewood.

“(The driver) looked up the highway and saw a vehicle in the distance, and had plenty of room to pull out,” Anderson said, but he apparently “saw no indication of a bicyclist.”

The rider struck the front of the car and went through the windshield.

There was no indication that alcohol was a factor in the collision, Anderson said.

Kendall is believed to have been returning from that evening’s Seattle Mariners game, as a ticket stub was found in his pocket.

Police were searching for his vehicle Tuesday morning, on the assumption that he drove down from Port Townsend, parked somewhere across the bridge and rode to the ferry for the game.

There have been several other bicycle-car collisions – including at least one other in which the rider went through the windshield – on that stretch of highway, a long downhill grade with a sweeping curve toward the bridge.

The investigation is ongoing.

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