Cyclist sent to hospital

Vernon RCMP and firefighters attend collision between cyclist and car

  • Jan. 6, 2012 5:00 p.m.

A Vernon cyclist was struck by a vehicle and sent to hospital with head injuries Tuesday.

Vernon RCMP attended a collision between a car and a bicycle at 8 p.m. at the intersection of 34th Street and 23rd Avenue.

“Firefighters were on the scene dealing with a 25-year-old male cyclist when the police arrived, he received injuries to his pelvis and head,” said RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk.

The driver of the car, a 61-year-old Vernon man, advised that he was going southbound on 34th Street, signaled his left turn onto 23rd Avenue and was in the turn when he was hit by something.

“The driver got out of his vehicle and was told by a witness that a cyclist going northbound, downhill on 34th Street, just hit his car,” said Molendyk.

“The driver of the car said he did not see the bike at all.”

The cyclist was wearing dark clothing, similar to two pedestrians who were struck and killed in different parts of Greater Vernon last week, and had no lights at all.

He was not wearing a helmet.

The injured cyclist was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital, then transported to Kelowna because of the head injuries he sustained in the accident.

The file remains under investigation.


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