A 27-year-old Port Alberni man is dead following a crash in the 4700-block of Roger Street, Friday (Oct. 14) morning.
The man was cycling westbound on the sidewalk when a transport truck, owned by Hetherington Industries and travelling in the same direction, turned right to enter a parking lot and collided with the cyclist.
The cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel, Port Alberni RCMP Cpl. Jen Allan said. Police have not released the man’s name pending notification of family members.
Lower Roger Street was closed for several hours while local RCMP officers, collision experts from Central Island Highway Patrol and the regional coroner examined the site. Contributing factors in the crash have not yet been determined, Allan said.
The accident happened right across the street from the ambulance station, drawing several paramedics to the scene to assist.
RCMP Victim Services is providing assistance to everyone involved in the tragedy.