Two cyclist-involved collisions kept Saanich police busy on Wednesday, and in one incident a helmet likely saved a man’s life.
On Jan. 21 around 5:10 p.m., a male cyclist was struck by a vehicle in the 4100-block of Lambrick Way in Gordon Head. The man, in his 20s, had been attempting to make a lefthand turn from Feltham Road onto Lambrick Way when he was struck by a car heading in the same direction, said Saanich police Sgt. Steve Eassie.
“The cyclist and his bike were carried on the hood and windshield of the car for a distance before the vehicle came to rest and the cyclist fell off,” Eassie said.
The cyclist’s helmet likely saved the man’s life, Eassie added.
“Judging by the damage sustained to the helmet that the cyclist was wearing, it is very probable that the wearing of the bicycle helmet prevented a serious injury or death to the cyclist,” he said.
In an earlier incident around 6:30 a.m. on the same day, a cyclist in her 50s was involved in a collision on the Trans-Canada Highway at McKenzie Avenue.
The woman was crossing in the marked crosswalk where the Galloping Goose Trail crosses the on ramp from Mckenzie Avenue, Eassie said.
“She was transported to hospital and the extent of her injuries was not known,” he said.