Cyclist, 80, dies in St-Placide after being struck by vehicle

An 80-year-old cyclist died Sunday morning after colliding with a car on Highway 344 in St-Placide, Que.

Cyclist unexpectedly crossed in front of car, say provincial police

The paved shoulders on Highway 344 between Oka and St-Placide are designated bike paths. This Google Maps screenshot from 2012 is of Highway 344 just next to the Chemin de la Petite-Baie. (Google Maps Streetview)

An 80-year-old cyclist died Sunday around 10:30 a.m. ET after colliding with a car on Highway 344 in St-Placide, Que.

According to Sgt. Ronald McInnis of the Sûreté du Québec, the vehicle — driven by a 75-year-old woman — and the cyclist were both travelling westbound on Highway 344 near Chemin de la Petite-Baie.

The highway is a two-lane undivided highway.

The cyclist was riding on the road's paved shoulder, which is a designated bike path.

McInnis said early information indicates the driver of the car actually moved toward the highway's median line to give the cyclist more room before the cyclist crossed in front of the car to presumably turn off of the main road.

The cyclist died on the scene.

McInnis said police are still working on confirming the identity of the man, but believe he was a resident in the area.