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Cyclist killed in Kelowna car crash

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September 28, 2015 - 2:10 PM

KELOWNA - A cyclist has died after a collision with a car on Springfield Road.

Kelowna RCMP are not releasing the name of the 63-year-old man who they say may have run a stop sign on Belgo Road.

“I don’t know that charges will be laid because it’s alleged the cyclist is at fault,” said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Joe Duncan.

The collision happened just before noon on Friday. Duncan said he doesn’t know if weather played a part but an RCMP collision analyst continues to investigate.

He also did not know if the man was wearing a helmet. The cyclist was taken to Kelowna General Hospital but died of head injuries sustained during the crash.

Duncan said police do enforce bike helmet laws.

“There is a helmet law in place. I won’t say we’ve given up on it. We do check cyclists for helmet infractions,” he said. “Any law is a priority but the members are busy, there’s lots of stuff going on. They are dealing with it as best they can."

Duncan did not know how many cycling incidents or fatalies have taken place in Kelowna this year, nor did he have numbers of helmet tickets issued in 2015.

A local woman, Patrician Keenan, was killed in July after striking an open car door on Bernard Avenue.

To contact the reporter for this story, email John McDonald at jmcdonald@infonews.ca or call 250-808-0143. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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