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RCMP seek witnesses, video in Maple Ridge crash that killed 23-year-old cyclist

A marketing image of the type of truck involved in the fatal crash on Monday, July 20, 2020.
A marketing image of the type of truck involved in the fatal crash on Monday, July 20, 2020. Shane MacKichan

Ridge Meadows RCMP is appealing for new witnesses and dashcam video in connection with a collision that killed a cyclist on Monday.

Police say the 23-year-old woman was struck by a pickup truck in the 26000-block of Lougheed Highway around 5:45 p.m.

Friends have identified the victim as Dafne Toumbanakis of Montreal. Toumbanakis, an experienced cycle tourist, was just setting off on a two-month cross Canada bike trip.

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Investigators are putting together a timeline of the events leading up to the crash, and want to hear from anyone who:

  • was travelling on Lougheed Highway between 240th Street and Spilsbury Street at around 5:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
  • saw the vehicle or cyclists prior to the collision
  • witnessed the collision or has dash camera footage of the collision
  • has dash camera footage of the pickup truck or cyclists in the moments leading up to the collision

The truck is a grey, four-door Ford pickup with an XTR 4×4 decal on the rear box.

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RCMP say the driver of the truck, a 37-year-old Mission man, stayed on scene and is cooperating with investigators.

Police say initial investigation suggests that drugs and alcohol were not factors in the collision.

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