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Witnesses sought in crash that claimed cyclist in Richmond

On Tuesday, a cyclist passes near a roadside memorial marking the spot where a female cyclist was killed July 30. - Martin van den Hemel photo
On Tuesday, a cyclist passes near a roadside memorial marking the spot where a female cyclist was killed July 30.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel photo

Richmond Mounties are asking any additional witnesses to a fatal collision at Gilbert Road and Russ Baker Way to come forward.

Even witnesses who didn’t see last Wednesday’s tragedy may still be able to help police piece together what caused a Pontiac Aztek to vault over two cement medians and strike and kill Christy Mahy, who had been cycling just blocks from her home.

Richmond RCMP Cpl. Stephanie Ashton said investigators want to talk to anybody who witnessed the red Pontiac SUV—and any other vehicles linked to the tragic crash—in the minutes before the incident around 3:50 p.m. on July 30.

Sharylin Boshaw was sitting at a red light at that intersection when she witnessed a part of the collision in a rearview mirror.

Sitting in the passenger seat of a car driven by her girlfriend, and heading to the Flying Beaver—a restaurant Mahy too frequented—Boshaw told The Richmond Review she heard a “horrendous noise” and then saw in the rearview mirror a red vehicle flying through the air, as well as what looked like a person.

They were the first in line at the red light, and the incident unfolded directly behind them, she said.

Judging from damage to a concrete median at the south side of that intersection, the SUV appears to have bottomed out, crossed four lanes before mounting the grass-covered median on the other side of the intersection, and finally coming to a stop in the grass field.

Boshaw said she thinks speed must have been a factor since she saw the SUV airborne.

After pulling over to investigate, Boshaw said she saw the male driver of the SUV get out of the car covered in paint on his arms and legs, as was his male passenger.

Ashton said the police investigation will take months to complete, and police won’t be releasing any more information.

But they are always looking for more eyewitnesses, she said.

Meanwhile, family and friends of Christy Mahy, 36, are mourning her passing, and rallying behind her sister Joni and father. Her mother died a few years ago.

Dozens of bouquets of flowers were left at the scene, along with messages for the former McNair student, who had a wide circle of friends and was fondly remembered in Facebook messages.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Christy. She wasn’t only a customer, but a great friend. She will be missed by everyone at The Flying Beaver,” the Sea Island bar wrote on Facebook.

Friends have organized a fundraiser to help her family with funeral expenses on the website youcaring.com (tinyurl.com/ChristyMahy).

It has raised more than $4,200 and the beneficiary is Christy’s sister Joni Mahy.

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