News Roundup -- Accident spate doesn’t let up/Bicyclists at end of journey

Accident spate doesn’t let up

A surge of serious traffic accidents continued Monday and early Tuesday, when a teenage driver struck a bicyclist on High School Road, and a young man was injured in a collision with a tree on Blakely Avenue.

In the first incident, reported by witnesses shortly before 5 p.m. Monday, police say a 19-year-old Bainbridge man driving a 1978 Dodge swerved across the fog line and struck a bicyclist in the 7200 block of High School Road near Strawberry Hill.

The rider was thrown to the ground, and the bike was dragged more than 300 feet beneath the vehicle, police said.

The driver fled the scene on foot but was tracked down and apprehended by officers. He was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault and felony hit and run.

The bicyclist, a 46-year-old Bainbridge man, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center. His condition was unknown at press time.

In the second incident, reported at 1:25 a.m. Tuesday, a 20-year-old Bainbridge man driving a 1984 VW Scirocco went off the road and struck a tree at the corner of Blakely Avenue and Old Mill Road.

The driver was transported to Harrison Hospital. The case is under investigation as a suspected DUI, police said.

No one else was in the car, and no other vehicles were involved.

Bicyclists at end of journey

Twenty-four countries, 13,393 kilometers, 8,361 miles, 23 languages, thousands of photos, and countless stories.

Bainbridge Island’s Eber family returns Sept. 4 after their round-the-world bicycle ride to raise money and awareness for asthma research.

Sponsors who have contributed to the ride are invited to make the last leg of the trek with Lorenz Eber, Paula Holmes Eber, and their two daughters, beginning at 12 p.m. Sept. 4 at Myrtle Edwards Park in Seattle.

The ride concludes at Children’s Hospital, where riders will deliver balloons and cheer to children with asthma.

The 13-mile, mostly flat off-road ride is suitable for families. Those who want to do part of the ride, can turn around or arrange to have a car at the Chittendon Locks (mile 5) or Gasworks Park (mile 9). Maps of the route are available at

Sponsors will be feted after the ride from 4-6 p.m. at REI on Yale Avenue. RSVPs for that event are requested at 780-4353 or

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