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Kamloops physician succumbs to injuries from cycling crash

Dr. Andrew van der Westhuizen died of his injuries on June 30, 2022, after colliding with a commercial truck on his bike in Kamloops.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Jennifer Andrew Nicholas

A Kamloops man died in hospital last week as he was being treated for injuries he sustained in a cycling collision.

Radiologist Dr. Andrew van der Westhuizen was riding his bike down Highland Road when he collided with a commercial truck on May 11.

He died of his traumatic injuries on June 30, according to a social media post from his wife, Jennifer.

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"Today we said goodbye to one of the most wonderful, loving and kind human beings I have met, and will ever meet, my sweet husband," she wrote. "His warmth and love will be forever cherished and he will be greatly missed."

van der Westhuizen was in intensive care for seven weeks at Vancouver General Hospital after the collision on a multi-use trail that connects the Juniper Ridge and Valleyview neighbourhoods.

A commercial vehicle crossed the separated multi-use trail through a utility road around 3 p.m., May 11.

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Emergency crews blocked Highland Road for more than a half-hour as they responded to the collision.

Jennifer thanked the hospital staff for treating her husband during his seven-week stay, and she pleaded with the public to donate blood and become organ donors.

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