Young cyclist hit by car

Okotoks: Girl entered crosswalk on bike

By: Roxanne Blackwell

  |  Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 02:18 pm

A vehicle involved in a collision with a cyclist sits after the girl was transported to hopsital with non-life threatening injuries.
A vehicle involved in a collision with a cyclist sits after the girl was transported to hopsital with non-life threatening injuries.

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A 14-year-old girl on a bicycle was hit by a west-bound vehicle at the pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Milligan Drive and Centre Avenue around 6 p.m. on May 23.

Corporal Brent Bliss said that Okotoks RCMP were still investigating, but believed that vehicles had been stopped for a pedestrian to cross the street, and then the girl followed in behind on her bike and was struck by a Volkswagen Golf.

The girl was transported by EMS to Foothills Hospital, but Bliss said she was in stable condition.

“She might have a concussion, but nothing as far as life threatening injuries,” he said. “I don’t think she was wearing a helmet, there was no evidence of that.”

Bliss said road conditions were good and the sun was not a factor in visibility. Whether charges will be laid is still being investigated, but Bliss said it’s unlikely.

“We have to gather all the evidence and look at it. Technically she would be charged too because she wasn’t off her bicycle in the crosswalk, and she wasn’t wearing a helmet,” he said. “But we’re not going to charge her, that wouldn’t make any sense.”

Bliss said both driver and bicyclist error caused the collision.

With the warm weather here to stay, RCMP are reminding residents to be aware of the rules of the road whether you’re on four wheels or two. Bliss said it’s important to be on foot when using a crosswalk, and to always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.

After hearing of the accident, Suntree community connector Leah Sager-Sampson said she’s hoping to work with municipal enforcement and the fire department to organize a bike safety clinic for the kids in the community.

“We want to address it so it doesn’t happen to another child,” she said.

She’s hoping to have the event take place in July, and although it would just be for Suntree residents, she encourages other communities to follow suit and help educate children about bike safety.


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