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Three Vernon cyclists hit by vehicles cause for concern

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VERNON - All road users are being reminded to be careful after three separate incidents over the past week left two cyclists injured and a third dead over.

Jennifer Wadsworth, a mother of two, was biking on 25 Avenue on July 2 when she rode in front of a pickup truck. She was rushed to hospital, but died of her injuries.

On Tuesday, July 7, a cyclist riding on Lakeshore Road was struck by a vehicle around 9 p.m. and sustained minor injuries, RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says. Police continue to investigate the circumstances of the accident. 

The next evening, around 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 8, a vehicle was coming out of an alleyway in the 4200-block of 27 Avenue and struck a cyclist. The driver apparently looked but didn’t see the person, Molendyk says. The cyclist received minor injuries and police continue to investigate. Molendyk says it is unclear whether the cyclist was on the sidewalk or in a bike lane when the accident happened.

“Just a reminder, both cyclists and vehicle operators need to be aware and look out for each other,” Molendyk says. “There’s precautions you need to take. Be conscious of other pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.”

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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