RCMP and the BC Coroner’s Service continue to investigate a fatal collision involving a cyclist and a commercial vehicle late Friday afternoon.
The Kelowna RCMP received a report of a collision between a commercial vehicle and a cyclist April 15 at 3 p.m., on Baron Road near Banks Road. Witnesses at the scene told police that a Sterling 3 axle flat deck commercial truck was stopped in traffic facing westbound on Baron Road.
“The vehicle was nearing the intersection of Banks Road and executing a right turn onto Banks Road after reportedly clearing the intersection for pedestrians,” said Const. Jesse O’Donaghey, in a press release.
“The cyclist, who was also westbound on Baron Road and was passing traffic on the right, when the commercial truck proceeded to turn right. The commercial vehicle struck the cyclist and drove over the cyclist causing serious bodily injuries.”
The cyclist has been identified by police as a 50-year-old Kelowna man.
The driver of the commercial vehicle, who remained at the scene and was co-operative with the police investigation, was identified as a 48-year-old Kelowna man.
A Southeast District Collision Reconstructionist attended and conducted a detailed examination of the collision scene to determine the causal factors of this crash.
The investigation is ongoing at this time.
Preliminary findings by investigators are that the cyclist was allegedly not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. Additionally an examination of the commercial vehicle at the scene showed no mechanical defects.
The Kelowna RCMP Municipal Traffic Section, along with the RCMP Integrated Collision Analyst and Reconstructionist Services (ICARS), continue to assist the BC Coroner’s Service in this investigation.
If you witnessed this crash and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to contact Cst. Lise Marion of the Kelowna RCMP Municipal Traffic Section at 250-980-5353.