A cyclist was severely injured in a collision with a car on Fulford-Ganges Road on Monday afternoon.
According to Salt Spring RCMP, the cyclist, a 65-year-old Salt Spring Island resident, was travelling toward Ganges in the northbound lane when the driver of a southbound ‘80s-model Toyota Camry made a left turn into the path of the cyclist. The Camry was driven by a 55-year-old Salt Spring woman.
Police say the cyclist sustained serious injuries as a result of the impact, and was transported to Lady Minto Hospital by BC Ambulance Service. He was later airlifted to a Victoria area hospital for treatment. The driver of the Camry, and her two passengers were not injured.
As a result of the cyclist’s serious injuries, at the time considered to be potentially life-threatening, a thorough crash scene investigation was conducted. This resulted in Fulford Ganges Road being closed for several hours. A detour via Beddis Road was available to motorists.
An investigator from the Integrated Collision Analyst Reconstructionist Section was called to the scene, to ensure that a thorough scene examination was completed.
“Given the involved nature of serious injury collisions, expertise from an off-island investigator was required, which ultimately led to a prolonged road closure,” stated Cpl. Darren Lagan of the Salt Spring Island RCMP. “We only get one chance to investigate a crash scene, and we have a responsibility to those directly affected to do it properly, despite the interruptions to local traffic.”
The patience of motorists impacted by the detour was appreciated, he said.
Drugs and alcohol have been ruled out as factors in this crash. The driver of the Camry is facing a charge for failing to yield on left turn under the BC Motor Vehicle Act.
Anyone who witnessed this crash, and has not yet spoken to police is asked to call the Salt Spring Island RCMP at 250-537-5555.