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Charged in 'dooring' death

A North Vancouver man has been charged in the death of Mike McIntosh, a cyclist who was knocked under the wheels of a tractor-trailer in January.

Police say a driver was parked in the curb lane on the north side of of West Esplanade on Jan. 27, when he is alleged to have opened his door into the adjacent bike lane, which set off a chain reaction crash, hitting one westbound cyclist who then crashed into McIntosh.

McIntosh was declared dead at the scene.

Following a months-long investigation by RCMP, Patrick Timothy Colwell, 59, has been charged with unsafe opening of a car door.

Under the Motor Vehicle Act, a person “must not open the door of a motor vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so.”

If found guilty, the maximum fine is $81, including a victim surcharge.



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