Update: Hit-and-run suspected in cyclist's death on Burnaby Mountain

Someone else has died on a Burnaby road.

A cyclist was killed this afternoon along Gaglardi Way on Burnaby Mountain, marking what is effectively the fifth road fatality in the city in June.

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At approximately 1:30 p.m., Burnaby RCMP received a call from BC Emergency Health Services requesting assistance after a cyclist was hit by a driver. The cyclist died from injuries sustained.  The cyclist was believed to be 53 years old.

It is believed to be a hit-and-run incident, as Global is reporting Burnaby RCMP arrested a suspect who left the scene.

Witness Jeff Werner tweeted the NOW saying that when he arrived on scene before emergency crews, he didn't see a vehicle or driver.

"I drove by and stopped at the scene before ER crews arrived, and noted there was no damaged vehicle parked nearby, no distraught driver."

The cyclist was struck by the driver just north of the busy Broadway intersection and at a curve in Gaglardi Way. It happened in front of an area in which drivers park their vehicles and people use an entrance to hiking trails. Gaglardi Way is popular with cyclists riding up and down the road. 

Burnaby RCMP General Duty, Burnaby RCMP Criminal Collision Investigation, and Integrated Collision Analyst Reconstruction teams are currently investigating at this location. 

Presently, traffic has been blocked on the 1500 block of Gaglardi Way in Burnaby due to road closures.

Police request assistance from the public to avoid this area to prevent traffic congestion.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9999, quoting police file number 2019-27378.

June has been a dangerous and deadly month for pedestrians in the city.

On June 2, a 53-year-old woman was seriously injured when she was hit by a vehicle in the Edmonds area.

On June 6, a 71-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run involving a semi-truck on Marine Way.On June 7, a 69-year-old woman was killed on Lougheed Highway when a driver lost control of his vehicle and ran into her.

On June 11, a 33-year-man ended up in the path of a transit shuttle bus on Hastings Street after an altercation with another man on the sidewalk. He has now been called neurologically deceased by the coroner, so effectively a fifth fatality.

In response to the fatalities, on Thursday (June 27), Const. Diane Marsh of the RCMP’s traffic unit was at city hall to present safety tips for pedestrians and drivers, as well as advice on what to do if you spot an impaired driver.

-with files from Cornelia Naylor


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