Bicyclist hit by blow dart on Ballard Bridge

Around 6 p.m. on Monday, Avram says he was hit by a 4-inch blow dart while crossing the Ballard Bridge. He sent us this email:

I was riding on the east side bike lane, heading north. I heard a little “pop” sound then felt a sting. My first reaction was that it was a rock that had been run over and shot out at me. It kept stinging so I reached down and felt the dart sticking out of me. I pulled it out and once I realized what it was, looked ahead at the cars to see if I could tell which car it was. Unfortunately, there were too many and by then they were well ahead of me. I stopped once I got to the end of the bridge to make sure I wasn’t bleeding, then rode home and called police.

Avram says he went to the ER and received a tetanus shot. He sent us this photo of the dart next to his remote control to provide some size perspective:

“I was also hit with a dart in Ballard,” says “Mksprout” in the forum, explaining that it happened while riding on 8th Ave. between 50th and 51st, also on Monday evening. “I have reported this to the police and encourage others to do the same,” Mksprout says.

Update: Police say “Mksprout,” a 39-year-old woman, said she was struck in the thigh by the dart. Investigators have no suspects in both cases, which occurred within 30 minutes of each other on Monday. By the way, since this story ran on MyBallard.com, all four TV stations and the Seattle Times has covered it.

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ninaf
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That is just crazy insane. Who does that?

Hiddoo
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Hiddoo

I'm so sorry this happened to you and also to you, Mksprout. Unbelievable.

PAS
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PAS

It's hard enough dodging traffic around there – now we have to be on the lookout for darts? I sure hope they find out who's doing this, but I don't know how they will. Glad those hit were not too badly hurt.

eric
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eric

insane loser types do this. dangerous and quite willing to kill someone, seemingly. to hit someone on the bridge(or anywhere, but esp on the bridge) shows a total lack of common sense. someone could easily die from this behavior.

yeah, those bike riders in your way on the ballard bridge? what a jackass.

crownpill
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crownpill

Alright, all the bike haters posting to this forum, get your alibis ready. Kidding, kidding.

Doood, really, hope you're OK. That's scary, scary s&%t.

T
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T

That is wrong! The sicko should stick with shooting the pigeons.

JDballard
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JDballard

I hope the police take it very seriously? What if it hit him in the eye? in the carotid artery? What if he fell into traffic?

An aggressive lawyer could pursue attempted murder.

Unbelievable

doug11
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doug11

I sympathize.

Are there cameras on the bridge? There should be anyways.

Lube
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Lube

Having grown up in Ballard I am not at all suprised. I have known plenty of people who do this kind of stuff.

Even so, I do not think that widespread use of cameras is the right way to go.

Lily
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Lily

Throwing a dart =/ attempted murder.

Boardbrown
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Boardbrown

I had someone throw a glass beer bottle at me from a passing car once, but never a dart. It's truly unbelievable how f-ing stupid some people are.

Rounder
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Rounder

I recognize that dart, its the same style that came with my blow gun. They are extremely accurate, even from long distances. I bet its from dumb kids in a passing car, I also bet they will continue to do it, but will be spotted at some point. If it was me who was shot, I would get the most aggressive lawyer and pursue attempted murder chargers.

ym
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ym

You watch WAY too much TV

bmvaughn
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bmvaughn

Not cool at all.

bmvaughn
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bmvaughn

Not cool at all.

JM98107
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JM98107

Who? The rednecks of industrial Ballard.

leavinglasballard
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leavinglasballard

holy crap! what is wrong with people?!? this is so dangerous. I'm so glad the injuries were more substantial. this is truly frightening.

Ballardmom
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Ballardmom

It's not about being in the way because both Ballard Bridge and 8th Ave have designated bike lanes. Especially Ballard Bridge because you can't ride a bike on the surface of the bridge that cars ride over because of how bumpy it is. So whoever is doing this has no agenda other than being a sadistic little b*st*rd.

Ballardmom
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Ballardmom

(s)he probably started shooting pigeons and decided to ramp it up.

brainbrian
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brainbrian

WTF? For realzzz?? Not sure what'd I'd do if I even saw who shot me with a blow dart. I think I'd be in shock and just look at them like a deer in headlights.

Corbeau
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Corbeau

I'm not betting on them being caught. AFAIK they never caught the person who was shooting cyclists with a pellet gun last year.

ym
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ym

ahhh DAs only bring murder charges.

Mork from Ork
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Mork from Ork

This is the scariest thing I've heard lately! I can understand throwing snowballs at passing cars or even cyclists, but pointed dangerous objects, and bottles too apparently…. I don't normally feel vengeful (sp?) but this makes me livid.

Gurple
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I don't have the kind of rock-solid nerves that it would take to commute across the Ballard Bridge. I did it once and decided that that was plenty. You've got a tiny little path, with projections jutting out on one side and cars a foot away on the other, on the other side of a divider that's at exactly the right height to catch your pedal.

Messing with someone who's navigating that obstacle course is like walking up a surgeon mid-cut and yelling in his ear.

50intheclip
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50intheclip

you gotta watch out for those insane loser types.

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