Cyclist Run Over By Bus Continues His Long Recovery

Daniel at Harborview

Daniel pictured at Harborview soon after the incident, unable to move his legs or much of his upper body.

Close up of the sharrows that lead southbound cyclists to the gutter and to the right of buses.

Close up of the sharrows that lead southbound cyclists to the gutter and to the right of buses.

A little over a month ago, cyclist commuter Daniel Ahrendt was on his way to his web developer job in the Georgetown neighborhood. A lifelong cyclist, Daniel saw that that Monday morning was dry and perfect for cycling. As he made his way westbound on S. Jackson during the rush hour, he was in the bike lane with buses lined up sharing that same lane. As he crossed the intersection, he knew that the sharrows would lead him to the right of a bus directly in front of him. Making the safer choice, he aimed for the left side of the lane. That’s when his bike tire got caught in the streetcar tracks. While he was down, the rear tires of a trolley bus ran over the the lower half of his body.

Cyclists in the community and the larger public held their breath, as news reports indicated that Daniel had “life threatening injuries.

Just yesterday, a full month after the May 4th incident, Daniel was discharged from Harborview. His devoted parents have stayed by his side through this nightmare (they had learned via social media about Daniel’s incident and hopped on the next plane to Seattle from Hawaii).

While he has a long road to recovery, we are grateful that he is finally out of Harborview to regain some semblance of a “normal” life. In my conversations with him, his eternal optimism and quiet strength distinguish him. While he requires help for the most basic tasks, his fortitude and positive attitude fuel his hope for better days ahead. Full disclosure: SKW attorneys represents injured bicyclist Daniel Ahrendt.

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Daniel with his sister on her graduation and w/mother Karrie Ahrendt.

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