Accident leaves cyclist injured

They say lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place, but in Summerland drivers do apparently.

Dear Editor:

They say lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place, but in Summerland drivers do apparently.

Remember the cyclist who was hit at the corner of Steven and Elliot a few months ago? Well, it happened again. Same cyclist, same corner. Only this time she wasn’t just banged up. She is in hospital undergoing multiple surgeries.

Just like the first time, the driver backed up and drove around her, leaving her lying in the road.

For those of you who don’t know where this corner is, it is at the top of Hunt Street by the Baptist Church. Steven Street meets the intersection of Hunt and Elliot so anyone running the stop sign on Elliot cannot see who is coming up the Hunt hill.

In the afternoon, there are many students from the high school and middle school cycling up that hill. Cyclists are going very slowly because of the steepness of the hill and tend to keep going around the corner rather than stopping, as it is hard to get going again on the hill that continues around onto Elliot.

It is common for drivers coming down Steven to slow down, look right and then make the turn onto Elliot without stopping.

Maybe council should consider a flashing light or crosswalk at this dangerous intersection. Hopefully we don’t have to wait until someone is killed at this location.

If you are a driver who uses Steven Street to get to Elliot, please stop at the stop sign. You may be avoiding causing a serious injury to someone on a bike or in a car.

Lesley Field

Summerland

 

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