In Washington State, winters can range from relatively mild to extremely harsh. Most of the time, though, this time of year drivers are not accustomed to numerous bicyclists sharing the roads. Spokane's climate means cyclists tend to stay off the roads during the winter months. Still, both drivers and cyclists must follow the rules of the road or else face serious consequences.
Over the New Year's holiday, a woman from Mead reportedly struck a bicyclist with her vehicle. Now, that driver is facing a criminal charge: vehicular homicide. The incident occurred around 4:00 in the morning on New Year's Day, as the driver was traveling down Highway 2 near Flint Road. A bicyclist was stopped in front of the driver's car at an intersection, but media reports indicate the driver did not see the bicycle and ran into it. Tragically, the cyclist died as a result of the crash.