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.
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.
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.