By NICHOLAS JOHANSEN
KELOWNA — A 16-year-old cyclist suffered minor injuries after being hit by a car in Rutland Thursday night.
At 9:10 p.m., the Kelowna youth was crossing McCurdy Road at Hollywood Road North when the driver of a Mazda 6 collided with the youth.
The cyclist was in at a marked crosswalk equipped with flashing lights, but the lights had not been activated.
Police say the cyclist “reportedly appeared out of nowhere,” and the driver was unable to stop in time.
The 36-year-old Albertan driver remained at the scene and helped the injured rider.
The youth was taken to Kelowna General Hospital by ambulance with minor, non-life-threatening injuries.
“RCMP wish to remind cyclists to always walk their bikes across busy intersections using the crosswalk and while following traffic signals,” said Const. Jesse O’Donaghey. “A bicycle is the smallest vehicle on the road, therefore it is imperative that all cyclists be visible, ride predictably, know how traffic works and communicate with other road users.”
Police are not recommending charges at this time, but ask anyone who saw the incident to call Const. Katherine Bizier at 250-762-3300.