7 people have been killed and more than a dozen injured in a car crash in downtown Seattle, police said Monday.
It happened just after 5 p.m. local time, and it’s unclear how the crash happened, police spokeswoman Sgt. Amy Tait said.
The victims were all from the city of Bellevue, a suburb of Seattle, she said.
A driver who was trying to pass another vehicle struck the bicyclist and died at the scene, according to police.
Police said they believe the crash was caused by a distracted driver.
“It was just another random crash,” Bellevue Police Chief James Taylor said.
“He didn’t see that the cyclist was going to cross the street and he was distracted.
So he was trying not to be in the crosswalk.”
A pedestrian who was hit by the car was taken to a hospital, but his injuries were not considered life-threatening, according a police spokesman.
He had no immediate details on what happened to the driver of the car.
Taylor said the bicyclists speed was at least three to five miles per hour.
The collision is under investigation by police and the State Patrol, he said.