RCMP version of traffic accident, reported on web page ‘highly offensive’

I would like to thank Paul Hergott for his impartial and unbiased column in the Aug 11 Capital News: Cyclists Deserve More Respect From Motorists.

To the editor:

I would like to thank Paul Hergott for his impartial and unbiased column in the Aug 11 Capital News: Cyclists Deserve More Respect From Motorists in reference to an article published on (a local news web page) Aug. 8 about a cyclist involved in an motor vehicle accident with an SUV.

I was the cyclist involved in the articles. I heard about the report on (the news web page) a few days after the accident but it was reported that the cyclist in question was biking recklessly and at fault so I immediately assumed that the article was referring to a different accident and I never read the article at that time.

I only learned differently a few days ago and am shocked and highly offended by the article and its numerous falsities.

An “eye witness” reported that I almost hit another car before I struck the SUV.

This is a bald-faced lie. My nearly hitting another car never happened.

The reference made to the cyclist running into the SUV is also inaccurate. I was cut off by the SUV and did everything in my power to avoid collision with the vehicle and this is evident in the lack of damage done to my bike.

I could go on and on pointing out the inconsistencies in the article. What is also upsetting though, is that the majority of this reporter’s information seems to have been obtained from the RCMP officer at the scene.

The officer in question spent all of half a minute questioning me. He asked me two questions: What direction I was travelling in and the location of my bike at the time of the accident.

Bottom line is that I have been cycling for over 20 years without injury or incident and, like 99 per cent of cyclists, I am hyper-aware of my surroundings and the vehicles around me while cycling and obey the rules of the road.

The article on (the news web page) painted a very biased picture of events and the lack of proper reporting of these events by the reporter in question I find appalling.

At no time was I ever asked by (the news web page) reporter for my side of the story and at no time was I ever asked by the reporter if the events being reported were truthful or accurate.





Kathleen Slater,

West Kelowna

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