North Vancouver cyclist killed in early morning crash

A cyclist is dead following a collision with a dump truck at St. Andrews Avenue and East 2nd Street shortly after 7 a.m. Friday morning.

He was 55.

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The North Vancouver man was pronounced dead at the scene, according to North Vancouver RCMP Sgt. Doug Trousdell. Police were unable to say what led to the crash.

The man's family has been informed but his name has not been released.

A bicycle was still visible beneath the dump truck, which was facing north, two hours after the crash. The cyclist’s body was on the street a few feet from the curb.

The dump truck’s driver stayed at the scene as police investigated the cause of the collision, said Trousdell. The area “has not been a problem intersection,” Trousdell said.

However, a few neighbours who assembled as the RCMP’s collision analysts attended the scene said they’ve witnessed numerous close calls at the spot.

“It’s a constant occurrence,” said neighbour Jessica Ferguson. “It’s horrifying to see it.”

The foliage, hydro pole and lamppost on the northwest corner obscure vision and force drivers heading east to creep past the 2nd Street stop sign, according to neighbour Kevin Hooper.

“If you stop your car there you can’t see what’s coming down that hill,” Hooper said, adding many motorists end up doing a rolling stop at the corner.

While speed bumps on East 2nd Street have helped to limit speeding, the corner continues to be a problem, agreed 15-year resident Ivan Leonard.

“We’re always having accidents on here,” he said.

Approximately 2,193 cars travel in either direction between St. Georges and St. Andrews, according to a 2016 Moodyville transportation study.

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