Police are hoping for the public’s assistance as they continue to investigate a serious collision in North Saanich Monday afternoon that has left a cyclist with serious injuries.
Cpl. Andres Sanchez Flores of Sidney/North Saanich RCMP said a single vehicle struck the cyclist near the intersection of West Saanich Road and Willingdon Road Monday afternoon. Police received the first report of the incident at about 3:45 p.m.
The cyclist, a North Saanich resident in his 40s, was northbound on West Saanich Road when struck by the vehicle heading southbound, said Sanchez. A man in his 20s was driving the vehicle during the time of the collision, he added.
Police, firefighters, and B.C. Ambulance Service paramedics assisted the cyclist, who suffered serious injuries as a result of the collision, said Sanchez, adding police have identified the driver, who had remained on scene. Sanchez said the cyclist remains in hospital, where he will likely remain for some time.
Local RCMP officers, in consultation with the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Team, are investigating the circumstances of the collision, which happened in the mid-afternoon.
It is not clear whether police will lay charges in the incident, which remains under investigation, said Sanchez. When asked whether police have ruled speed or alcohol, Sanchez said police do not believe alcohol to be a factor.
Anyone who witnessed the collision or anyone who might have dashcam footage leading up to the collision that could assist with this investigation is asked to please contact the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP at 250-656-3931.
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