Injured cyclist passes


The 38-year-old woman injured in an unfortunate cycling accident has succumbed to her injuries.

Patricia Keenan was cycling behind a friend as they headed westbound on Bernard past Gordon Drive late Tuesday afternoon. The driver of a car, that was parked on Bernard Ave, opened the door of his vehicle to get out just as Keenan was riding by.

Although she was wearing a bicycle helmet, the force of the collision with the car door and the roadway caused serious head injury and she was rushed to Kelowna General Hospital for treatment.
Her injuries proved unsurvivable and she succumbed to them a day later.
Police continue to investigate and have this message for motorists: "When you park parallel to a roadway, please take the time to check your side view mirror for approaching vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists before you exit your vehicle."

A 38-year-old Kelowna woman is in Kelowna General Hospital with serious head injuries resulting from a bizarre incident on Bernard Avenue Tuesday.

According to police, a man had pulled his vehicle over on Bernard near Ethel shortly after 5:30 p.m. He had been there for a few minutes while he collected his things to exit the vehicle.

Const. Steve Holmes said he opened his door and was starting to put his foot out when a woman on a bicycle hit the edge of the door and fell to the ground.

She was transported to Kelowna General Hospital with serious head injuries.

The incident is being investigated. No charges are contemplated.

This is a corrected version of the story. The woman remains in hospital.


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