Cyclist: Hit and run

A 55-year-old cyclist escaped serious injury after he was hit by a vehicle on Highway 97 near Burnaby Avenue Thursday morning.

The driver of the vehicle left the scene without stopping.

The incident occurred shortly before 7:15 a.m.

RCMP say the cyclist was heading north along Highway 97, on his way to work at the time of the crash.

"Fortunately, the cyclist was wearing a helmet and proper cycling clothing," says Cpl. Ted Manchulenko.

"The cyclist also had lights displayed on his bike as required."

Manchulenko says the victim was treated at the scene before being taken to Penticton Regional Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

It was dark and wet at the time of the accident.

Manchulenko says police did seize some items of interest from the scene believed to be from the suspect vehicle.

"Disturbing was the fact the injured cyclist and two good Samaritans who stopped to assist stated no other drivers stopped to render aid and few slowed as they passed the scene."

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact the Penticton RCMP Detachment or Crime Stoppers.

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