The driver wasn’t drunk. She wasn’t on drugs. She was simply distracted. And that’s all it took for Marybeth Dingledy, a Snohomish County Superior Court Judge to end up with multiple stitches in her face, a concussion and a broken nose. Dingledy was riding her bicycle to work when she was involved in a collision with a car. The next thing she knows, she is in an ambulance bound for the hospital.
This wasn’t the first hit that Dingledy had taken from life. Just last summer, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, after fundraising for the cause for several years. She underwent a double mastectomy, and was on a surprisingly speedy road to recovery when the car hit her. She somersaulted over the hood of the vehicle, landing on her face, and then she bounced. She says she is thankful that her injuries weren’t worse, but insists that people pay close attention to the bike lane and those using it.
As drivers, it’s easy for us to think that we own the road. But really, we just share it with everyone else, whether they are bicyclists or motorcyclists. Dingledy’s story is another reminder that we need to be courteous and cautious around bicyclists, especially in a city like Seattle, where bikes are no strangers to the roads.