A bicyclist was flown to a Spokane hospital after he failed to yield the right of way on Highway 397 and was hit by a car, said the Washington State Patrol.
Sesar Lopez Vasquez, 35, of Kennewick, was riding without a helmet and failed to yield the right of way when he merged onto the highway, according to police reports.
He was hit at 1:32 p.m. by a Volkswagon Jetta driven south on the highway near the Kennewick city limits by Tara Harlow, 33, of Kennewick. She was not hurt.
He was taken to Trios Health in Kennewick and then flown to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. His condition was listed as critical.
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The Kennewick Fire Department said he suffered a head injury and other injuries. It was the second serious bike accident this week involving a bicyclist riding against traffic and not wearing a helmet, said officials.