August 20, 2019 4:18 pm
Updated: August 20, 2019 10:05 pm

Taxi involved in hit-and-run that sends Vancouver cyclist to hospital with life-threatening injuries

WATCH: Vancouver Police are investigating a taxi driver in connection with a hit-and-run that left an elderly cyclist in hospital with life-threatening injuries. Julia Foy reports.


Vancouver police are investigating a hit-and-run that sent a cyclist to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

A man in his 70s was riding near West 4th Avenue and Collingwood Street when he was struck by a vehicle that failed to stop.

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A witness report suggests a taxi may have been involved, police said.

Taylor Coulthard says he couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw a cab hit a cyclist.

“The taxi was behind me and passing me on the right but I could actually hear his electric engine accelerating around me, which is baffling considering it was a red light,” he said.

Carolyn Bauer, head of the Vancouver Taxi Association, says she’s aware that a Yellow Cab was involved, but can’t say for sure exactly how the cabbie was involved.

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“My senior operations officer has spoken with police on this,” she said. “We were able to identify the vehicle and the driver driving, and it is my understanding at this time that the police have the driver.”

Const. Steve Addison confirmed that Vancouver police have “located a taxi as well as the driver of that taxi and we’re dealing with those parties right now.”

Bauer said the driver had been with the company since 2012 and “has a very clean driving record with Yellow Cab.”

— With files from Julia Foy

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