Nfld. & Labrador

Cycling crash victim was riding recumbent bike, police say

The man who was killed while cycling near Holyrood on Friday was operating a reclining bike, police say, but they don't think that was a factor in the accident.
The RCMP diverted traffic away from the crash scene on the Trans-Canada Highway near the Holyrood Access Road on Friday afternoon. (Mark Quinn/CBC)

The man who was killed while cycling near Holyrood on Friday was operating a reclining bike, police say, but they don't think the style of bike was a factor in the accident.

The 54-year-old man was riding his recumbent two-wheel bike when he was struck by an SUV on the Trans-Canada Highway near the Holyrood Access Road last Friday afternoon.

RCMP Cpl. Trevor O'Keefe said Monday the accident happened on a straight stretch of road, in good weather.

He said the deceased, who was from Alberta, was an experienced long distance cyclist who had previously biked from Halifax to Vancouver, and across Australia.

Waiting on traffic analyst report

He had just started his second tour of Canada and this was his first time in Newfoundland. O'Keefe said he was travelling alone, without a support vehicle.

The SUV that struck him was also travelling in the westbound direction.

"When we received the call, of course, you know your mind starts reeling … and when we arrived on the scene, unfortunately, the operator of the bicycle had died on the scene," said O'Keefe.

The driver and passenger in the the SUV were not injured.

O'Keefe said police are waiting for the report of an accident analyst and statements from witnesses. He said the driver of the SUV who was questioned on the scene also has to make an official statement.

The RCMP will determine if charges will be laid when the investigation is complete.