Vernon cyclist killed in morning commute

A teenage girl died of injuries Friday after her bicycle was in an early-morning collision with a vehicle in Vernon.

A teenage girl died of injuries Friday after her bicycle was in an early-morning collision with a vehicle in Vernon.

The accident happened at around 6:30 a.m. at the intersection of 25th Avenue and 37th Street.

The 17-year-old cyclist was sent to Vernon Jubilee Hospital in critical condition where she later died of her injuries.

“The investigation has learned that a teenaged girl was on her bike traveling in the bike lane eastbound when she was struck by a car driven by a Vernon resident in her 60s,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

The cyclist was not wearing a helmet, but Molendyk said Friday it was not known if wearing a helmet would have made a difference to her injuries.

The victim’s name had not been released prior to The Morning Star’s deadline as relatives were still being contacted.

The 68-year-old driver of the car was also taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital for injuries she received in the accident. Her vehicle has been taken in for a mechanical inspection.

Molendyk said Friday afternoon that an RCMP reconstruction analyst was continuing to work on the investigation.

“The analyst advised it could take some time to determine the exact cause of the crash,” he said. Any witnesses to the accident should call Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171