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Updated: Gibsons cyclist has died after incident with garbage truck

Sunshine Coast RCMP are looking for any camera footage or eye witnesses to the May 10 incident
A 94-year-old cyclist has died after an incident with a garbage truck on Burns Road in Gibsons on May 10.

A 94-year-old cyclist from Gibsons died from his injuries after an incident with a garbage truck on May 10. 

Sunshine Coast RCMP said the man succumbed to his injuries before he could be airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital. 

The RCMP are still looking for any surveillance or dashcam footage of the Burns Road area between Trueman Road and Wells Lane in Lower Gibsons. The police are also asking anyone who saw an elderly man riding his bike southbound on Burns Road around 10 a.m. on May 10 to come forward. 

RCMP report the driver of the vehicle cooperated with police and showed no sign of impairment. The file is still an active investigation, and no charges have been laid as of May 11. 

"RCMP are continuing to investigate this tragic incident and will provide more information if and when it becomes available."

The RCMP will not release the name of the deceased.

This incident is the second time in the last five years that a cyclist has died after an incident with a garbage truck on the lower Sunshine Coast. In June 2018, 84-year-old Miroslav Vydra died after he was hit by a Waste Management truck making a right-hand turn at the intersection of Highway 101 and Wharf Avenue in Sechelt. A representative for Waste Management said WM was not involved in the May 10 incident in Gibsons. 

On May 11, AJM Disposal Services Ltd. and Salish Soils shared statement on social media saying, "On May 10th, while servicing the Town of Gibsons between Harmony Lane and Trueman Road, one of our drivers made contact with a cyclist. Our driver stayed with the cyclist until emergency services arrived. Unfortunately the cyclist succumbed to their injuries and passed away. Our deepest sympathies are with the family during this very difficult time." 

The company encouraged anyone with information to get in touch with the RCMP. The Town of Gibsons also expressed condolences to the victim, his family and everyone affected by the tragic event. 

– With files from Sean Eckford

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