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Cyclist killed while crossing Highway 97
A 35-year-old male pedestrian is dead after he was struck while crossing Highway 97 near Powick Road on Friday night.
According to witnesses, two cyclists, both Kelowna residents, were walking their bikes across the highway, from a north to south direction at around 9:30 p.m., and neither were at a crosswalk or intersection.
The first cyclist made it across the highway unscathed, but the second cyclist wasn’t so lucky
He was hit by a gray Hyundai sedan in the northbound HOV lane.
The impact propelled the man, who had a child carrier attached to his bike, onto the roadway where he suffered fatal head injuries.
The first cyclist was badly shaken by the traumatic incident and was tended to by Kelowna RCMP Victim Services.
The 21-year-old male driver of the Hyundai, also of Kelowna, was not able to avoid the collision with the cyclist.
The driver was also shaken up but otherwise uninjured. Police noted neither alcohol nor speed were factors in the accident. The investigation is continuing and the victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
If anyone witnessed this incident and has not yet spoken to police, please contact the Central Okanagan Traffic Services at 250-980-5353.