A cyclist has died and two others are in serious condition after a serious crash on a popular cycling route in Richmond this morning.
The collision happened around 10:30 a.m. in the area of River Road and Westminster Highway when police say a 2013 Lexus collided with a group of six cyclists.
The man who was pronounced dead at the scene was a 33-year old man from Vancouver.
One 39-year-old cyclist is currently in critical condition, according to police, and a 46-year old cyclist is in serious condition. The remaining three suffered minor injuries; the group was entirely male.
The driver of the vehicle is a 19-year-old male from Burnaby who police say has been cooperative and was unharmed in the collision.
According to a release, the Richmond RCMP Road Safety Unit (RSU) has taken the lead in this investigation and is being assisted by the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service (ICARS), the BC Coroner’s Service, and the Richmond RCMP Victim Service’s Unit.
“This was a very difficult collision scene for our officers to investigate. To put it into some perspective, the carbon fiber frame and forks on one of the bikes was snapped in multiple places like twigs or matchsticks,” says Corporal Dennis Hwang. “It is too early to tell what contributed to this terrible crash. The cyclists did appear to be wearing their helmets. This is the second fatality in Richmond within the last week.”
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Constable Purghart of the Richmond RCMP Road Safety Unit at (604)278-1212, by email at Richmond_Tips@rcmp-grc.gc.ca or anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.