A Victoria cyclist is currently recovering in hospital with potentially life threatening injuries following a dramatic collision on Sunday afternoon.
According to VicPD, the crash occurred just before 1:00 p.m. at the intersection of Oswego Street and Belleville Street.
Police believe the cyclist was travelling west on Belleville Street when they struck a ‘tow strap’ that was connecting an SUV with a broken down vehicle that it was towing.
The 72-year-old cyclist was then rushed to the hospital with what police describe as “potentially life threatening injuries”.
Following the collision, the intersection was closed for several hours as a VicPD Collision Reconstruction Team examined the scene and collected evidence.
According to the Times Colonist, a motorist arriving to Victoria broke down on the Coho ferry so the vehicle was pushed off the ferry. The driver then rented a car and attached his own vehicle to the rental car with a tow strap.
A photo from the scene shows the two vehicles connected, however, there was about 6 to 8 feet distance between the two vehicles and the SUV was already on Belleville Street, while the truck was still exiting from the Coho parking lot ramp.
We have Belleville at Oswego blocked off for the next few hours as we investigate a serious MVI involving a cyclist #yyjtraffic
— VicPD Traffic (@vicpdtraffic) August 19, 2019
Police say the SUV driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.
Anyone who may have witnessed the collision is asked to contact Victoria Police at 250-995-7654.