Saanich police won’t release the name of the cyclist, who died following a Sunday collision, and have notified the Independent Investigations Office of BC. (Pexels)

Police watchdog notified after cyclist dies in Highway 17 collision Sunday

A 24-year-old Victoria man died Sunday at the scene after being struck by a truck

The civilian agency overseeing police conduct is involved in the case of a man, who died Sunday in Saanich after a vehicle struck him.

Sgt. Julie Fast of the Saanich Police and Victoria Police had contact with the man the day before his death for mental health concerns.

“As a result of this, the Independent Investigations Office of BC has been notified,” she said.

RELATED: Cyclist in Sunday crash on Pat Bay Highway succumbs to injuries

The man, a 24-year-old Victoria resident, died Sunday at the scene of a collision near the intersection of Highway 17 and Royal Oak Drive.

Fast said the man was walking with his bicycle beside the southbound lanes on Highway 17 by the Royal Oak overpass, then stepped into traffic and was immediately struck by a truck.

“The driver of the truck had no opportunity to avoid the collision,” said Fast. “The man sustained significant injuries and died at the scene. His death has not been deemed suspicious and Saanich Police have turned the investigation over to the BC Coroners Service.”

Detective Sgt. Damian Kowalewich said earlier Monday that Saanich police would not release the identity of the man at this stage. Police had announced his death Monday morning at 2 a.m.

“Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends,” said Kowalewich.

RELATED: Five pedestrians killed across Greater Victoria in the last 12 months

Following Sunday’s collision, police closed off portions of the highway as they were investigating the incident. Crews diverted southbound traffic at the intersection of Highway 17 and Haliburton Road through Elk Lake Drive. This diversion caused visible traffic delays as police investigated the scene.

This death is at least the second traffic-related death in Saanich this year. In February, a 62-year-old Gordon Head woman died after a vehicle struck.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

wolfgang.depner@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

Victoria contractors file civil claims for work on Sooke Tim Hortons, Petro Canada

Contractors file civil suits against Petromaxx, T’Sou-ke First Nation

Oak Bay father charged with double murder takes the stand

Andrew Berry pleaded not guilty to the December 2017 deaths of his two daughters

PHOTOS: Check out the bells and whistles added to Westhills Stadium

Rick Stiebel/News Staff Clusters of tradespeople buzzing around busy with last-minute preparations… Continue reading

VIDEO: Title of 25th Bond movie is ‘No Time to Die’

The film is set to be released in April 2020

Sooke’s Old-Fashioned Country Picnic set for Saturday

The free event combines music, kids activities, food and fun

Liberals block hearings into scathing ethics report on SNC-Lavalin affair

Dion concluded in his report last week that Trudeau broke the Conflict of Interest Act

Retired Richmond fisherman wins record-breaking $60M Lotto Max jackpot

Joseph Katalinic won the biggest Lotto Max prize ever awarded

‘Unsubstantiated’ bomb threat against CP Rail in Revelstoke

On Aug. 18, a bomb threat was made against CP Rail in Revelstoke

Coroner’s inquest into fatal police shooting in Port Hardy begins in Campbell River

James Reginald Butters, 24, killed in 2015 after RCMP responded to call of male uttering threats

New ‘Matrix’ film set with Keanu Reeves and Lana Wachowski

Fourth installment to feature Reeves as Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity

Catholic church buys $7.5M equestrian facility in B.C., plans ‘agri-retreat’ centre

Church hopes to grow crops, host students and others on Bradner property

Most Read