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Bellingham cyclist dies after crash on I-5

A Washington State Patrol trooper sprays marking paint around a bike that collided with a dump truck on southbound Interstate 5 near Lakeway Drive June 3, 2016. The cyclist, Amanda Carolynn Mihalovits, died June 8 in a Seattle hospital.
A Washington State Patrol trooper sprays marking paint around a bike that collided with a dump truck on southbound Interstate 5 near Lakeway Drive June 3, 2016. The cyclist, Amanda Carolynn Mihalovits, died June 8 in a Seattle hospital. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

A Bellingham bicyclist died at a Seattle hospital Wednesday evening, June 8, almost a week after she collided with a dump truck on Interstate 5.

Amanda Carolynn Mihalovits, a longtime resident of Skagit County, had been biking south on the freeway’s right shoulder around 9 a.m. Friday, June 3, when she swerved across two lanes of traffic near the exit to Lakeway Drive, according to the Washington State Patrol.

She crashed into a southbound dump truck in the left lane. Her crumpled bike came to a rest on the right shoulder. Mihalovits had not been wearing a helmet.

She was breathing when she was rushed away in an ambulance, a witness said. She was taken to St. Joseph hospital, then transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She remained in critical condition in intensive care over the next five days. She died around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

She was 27.

An autopsy will be performed by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, said Sgt. Mark Francis of the state patrol.

Troopers continue to investigate why she swerved into traffic. Bicyclists are not allowed on that stretch of I-5.

No charges are pending against the driver of the dump truck.

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb

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