A man hit by a Capital City Transit bus Friday night is in stable condition today at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
The man, 20, whose name was not released, was medevaced to Seattle on Saturday morning due to a laceration of his liver. According to police Capt. Tom Porter, the man was undergoing surgery this morning.
Porter said the incident may have been a suicide attempt and police will interview the man further.
"There's nothing to indicate he did not see the bus coming," Porter said. "It's possible this was a suicide attempt. ... If it was, there really isn't anything criminally we can charge him with but we would try to get him the help he needs if that turns out to be the case."
The bus driver, a 38-year-old man whose name was not released, has been with Capital City Transit since 1998, said John Kern, manager of Capital City Transit. Porter said the driver was not cited.
Police said that around 9 p.m. Friday the bus driver reported he had struck the man on Glacier Highway near Alaway Avenue.
"When the man struck the bus or bus struck the man, it's hard to say right now which it was, but the man's head struck the lower corner of the driver's windshield and broke the windshield," Kern said. "It happened right in front of the driver. That's just a pretty traumatic thing to have unfold immediately in front of you."
Eyewitnesses said when the man ran into the street, the bus veered and slowed to avoid him, but couldn't, police said.
When police and Capital City Fire and Rescue workers arrived at the scene the man was unconscious. The man was suffering from multiple fractures to his elbow and leg, police said. The liver injury was discovered later.
Kern said the bus driver has never had an accident during his time with the company and is a "very good driver." The driver was given a temporary leave, Kern said, in order to recover from the trauma of the incident.
"He was pretty shook up," Kern said.
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