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Unrelated collisions involving pedestrian and cyclist prompt warning from Kelowna RCMP

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October 26, 2018 - 3:33 PM

KELOWNA – A pedestrian collision in Kelowna’s downtown and a cyclist collision in the Rutland area has prompted a warning from RCMP.

Police responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by a pickup truck on Oct. 25 at 6:17 p.m., according to an RCMP media release. The collision occurred in the intersection of Bernard Avenue and Richmond Road.

The pedestrian suffered non-life threatening injuries after hitting her head during the incident. She was transported to hospital as a precaution for further medical assessment. Speed, alcohol and drugs were all ruled out in the crash. Police believe that poor visibility, likely due to low lighting, rainy conditions and dark non-reflective clothing worn by the pedestrian may have each played a role.

A short time later, at 7:51 p.m., emergency crews responded to a report of a cyclist struck by a grey Honda Civic in the intersection of Rutland Road and Highway 33, RCMP say. A witness at the scene told police that, without warning the cyclist jumped the curb in front of the Honda, which didn’t have much time or distance to react.

The driver of the Honda, who was shaken by the incident and remained at the scene. They cyclist, who wasn’t wearing a helmet, sustained a non-life threatening head injury and was transported to hospital.

Kelowna RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey reminds cyclists and pedestrians alike to “dress to be seen by motorists, on dark or overcast days and especially at night or when it’s raining.”

“As always cyclists are strongly encouraged to wear a helmet at all times," O'Donaghey says in the release. "All too often collision scene investigators will find bicycle helmets strapped to the injured cyclists bike, instead of on their head. If you become involved in a collision, you won’t have time to put your helmet on.”

If you witnessed either of these incidents and have not yet spoken with police you are asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.

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