A cyclist has been gravely injured in a head-on collision with an SUV on Marine Drive in West Vancouver.
West Vancouver police say a 76-year-old Vancouver man suffered serious head trauma, broken bones and possible internal injuries in the crash just east of 29th Street Wednesday afternoon, according to Const. Jeff Palmer, West Vancouver police spokesman.
After an investigation by Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service as well as interviews with witnesses at the scene, it appears the collision was caused by the driver of a commercial truck towing a trailer and turning left from Marine Drive onto 29th. The cyclist had no choice but to dodge into the oncoming lane to avoid the truck’s trailer, Palmer said.
“As (the victim) veered around the trailer completing the turn, he didn’t see until the last second that there was an SUV coming up alongside,” Palmer said.
The driver of the SUV remained at the scene and co-operated with the investigation.
The driver of the commercial truck left the scene and police later tracked him down. He has been handed $368 tickets for driving without due care and consideration, and failing to remain at the scene.
As of Wednesday evening, the cyclist remained in critical condition in hospital.