A cyclist in her 40s has been killed after a collision with a dump truck driver in North Vancouver Monday morning.
Police officers who were en route to an unrelated call came across the scene at the intersection of Lonsdale Avenue and 23rd Street at about 10:30 a.m., shortly after it happened. A woman had suffered “significant injuries,” said Cst. Mansoor Sahak, spokesperson for the North Vancouver RCMP.
Officers immediately attempted life-saving first aid, but the woman was declared dead by medical personnel a short time later, said Sahak.
Police are still investigating the cause of the collision, said Sahak. He said the dump truck was making a right turn from 23rd Street north on to Lonsdale Avenue while the cyclist was to the right of the dump truck when the collision happened.
The driver of the commercial vehicle, which was pulling a trailer, remained on scene Monday and is co-operating with investigators.
The North Vancouver RCMP’s traffic unit and the Integrated Collision Analyst Reconstruction Service were on scene at the intersection near Centennial Theatre for several hours Monday.
Police have talked to a number of witnesses but are asking anyone else who witnessed the collision or who has video or dashcam footage of it to contact the North Vancouver RCMP at 604-985-1311 and quote file 23-4384.
The full RCMP investigation into the fatality, including reports from police collision experts, is likely to take a number of months.
Photos from the scene Monday showed the bicycle lying in the road with one wheel off and possessions from saddlebags strewn across the intersection.
The collision happened just a block away from the site where the new Harry Jerome recreation centre is under construction.
ICBC statistics indicate the intersection was the scene of two accidents involving cyclists and two accidents involving pedestrians between 2016 and 2020. Those statistics showed 136 collisions at that intersection between 2017 - 2021.
The accident is the second serious collision involving a truck in the past week on the North Shore. An elderly pedestrian was killed in West Vancouver, Feb. 28, after being hit by a commercial flatbed truck in the Cedardale neighbourhood.