Driver hits bicyclist in Puyallup, crashes into fairgrounds building

A woman hit and critically injured a bicyclist Monday in Puyallup, and she appeared to be intoxicated at the time, police said.

The 19-year-old driver was heading south on 4th Street Southwest about 2:40 p.m., when she drove past a stop sign at the intersection of 9th Avenue Southwest, and hit a 66-year-old man riding his bike, police spokesman Scott Engle said.

The vehicle she was driving continued onto a sidewalk, through a fence, and into a building on the grounds of the Washington State Fair, according to police.

The bicyclist was taken to a hospital with injuries Engle believed to be life-threatening. His condition was not immediately available.

Officers arrested the driver for investigation of vehicular assault, and planned to book her into Pierce County Jail Monday night.

Police closed 9th Avenue Southwest for investigation between South Meridian and Fairview Drive, and reopened the road about 6:45 p.m.