Cyclist lucky to be alive after downtown Kelowna collision

Crash happened Monday afternoon at the intersection of Leon Avenue and Ellis Street; Police seeking witnesses.

Police say a cyclist is lucky to be alive after being dragged by a vehicle following a collision in downtown Kelowna.

At 4:50 p.m. on Monday, members of the Downtown Enforcement Unit were on patrol in the 200-block of Leon Avenue when they were approached by a cyclist who said he had been struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Leon Avenue and Ellis Street.

“According to witnesses, a silver vehicle was traveling northbound on Ellis Street approaching a red light while the cyclist was traveling westbound with the traffic signal,” said Const. Mike Dunn. “The cyclist was unable to stop, colliding with the rear passenger side of the suspect vehicle, resulting in the bike being pulled underneath the car dragging it short distance.”

Police say the driver of the vehicle got out and yelled at the cyclist before driving off.

The cyclist was taken to hospital with minor injuries and then released.

If anyone has any information about this incident, they’re asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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