A female cyclist died after a collision near the Gorge Road and Harriet Street intersection on Friday, Nov. 6.
According to Victoria police, VicPD officers, along with the Integrated Road Safety Unit and Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit officers responded to the crash between a cyclist and vehicle just after 5:30 p.m. on Friday evening.
“Despite the best efforts of passersby, police officers and BC Emergency Health Services paramedics, the young woman’s injuries proved to be fatal,” police said in a statement.
“We have informed the young woman’s family of her death. The young woman’s family is from a country outside of Canada, which created a delay in making sure they had been informed in person, which in turn created a delay in our ability to update our community with information on this file. We take these steps to ensure that someone learns that their loved one has died in person, in a caring and trauma-informed manner, and are not surprised by its announcement on the news or online.”
Police said the driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and has “fully co-operated with investigators.” According to police, impairment is not considered a factor in the crash at this time. The driver has also been offered assistance.
VicPD is continuing to investigate the crash. The BC Coroners Service is also investigating the death. The woman’s name has not been released.
Anyone who witnessed the crash and has not spoken to officers is asked to call the VicPD non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654 and select extension 1 for the Report Desk.