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South Simcoe police investigating fatal crash in BWG

Bob Bruton

By Bob Bruton, Barrie Examiner

A Tottenham cyclist was killed when his bike was struck from behind by a pickup truck Wednesday morning.

South Simcoe police say the 70-year-old man was travelling east on Bradford West Gwillimbury Line 4, just east of Highway 27, when he was struck at approximately 6:40 a.m.

“It looks like he was just riding east in the travelling lane, when he was hit by a (Chevrolet truck) in the same lane, (going) in the same direction,” said Const. Rich Williamson.

He suggested that the driver of the pickup, a 42-year-old Alliston man, may have been temporarily blinded by the sun.

The driver, who ran for help to a neighbouring residence, remained on scene, and co-operated with the investigation, police said.

The cyclist was transported to hospital with serious injuries and pronounced dead there, police said.

His next of kin is being notified.

The road was closed for the police investigation until 12:30 p.m.

“It doesn't appear at this point that speed is a factor,” said Williamson, mentioning it's an 80 kilometre an hour zone. “I think he (the truck's driver) was doing less than that.”

He said that alcohol is also not a factor.

No charges have been laid at this point.

Anyone driving on Line 4 at the time of the crash, particularly an individual in a white pickup truck, is asked to call Williamson at 905-775-3311, ext. 2006.