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Vancouver Bicycle Crash Lawyer Reports on Tragic Death of Cyclist

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Posted on Aug 30, 2013

Our Vancouver bicycle accident attorneys were dismayed to learn about the death of a 42-year-old cyclist on West 12th Avenue.

According to Constable Brain Montague, the Vancouver bicycle crash occurred on Monday, July 29, 2013. A woman, who was riding her bicycle on the sidewalk, slipped off the curb and hit an SUV that was traveling eastbound. Montague told reporters, “We’re still not 100 percent sure how or why she fell into traffic … it may be one of those situations where we never find out the exact cause.”

That stretch of 12th Avenue is a narrow road with four lanes. Police say that people had been on the sidewalk, when she fell. The woman apparently rang her bell to alert two pedestrians—a person walking a bike and another pedestrian—that she wanted to get by them.

Of course, as Montague pointed out, bicycles are supposed to ride on the road—not on the sidewalks. The 32-year-old driver of the SUV is cooperating with the RCMP in the investigation. Fortunately, she was not hurt.

The accident recalls a similar Vancouver bicycle accident that occurred on the Stanley Park Causeway in May. In that case, a 61-year-old female cyclist hit a pedestrian on the sidewalk and then fell into traffic, where a Transit bus hit and killed her.

Lisa Slakov, spokesperson for HUB, a bicycling advocacy group, called the 42-year-old woman’s death a tragedy and emphasized that bicyclists should stay off the sidewalk. She went on to say that often, when cyclists are riding on the sidewalk in a certain area, it means the road is not a safe place.

Our Vancouver bicycle accident attorneys send sincere condolences to the family and friends of the woman who died in this terrible crash.

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