Cyclist dies from head injury, wasn't helmeted

A sunny afternoon cycling with his two young children ended tragically Tuesday night when a 63-year-old Richmond man suffered a fatal injury when he fell from his bike and struck his head on the ground.

Richmond RCMP Cpl. Sherrdean Turley said the tragedy occurred around 2 p.m., as the man and his two children, ages 6 and 12, were out cycling.

None of them were wearing helmets, and that proved to be a fatal mistake for the father.

As he was making his way across a Highway 91 overpass near Gates Avenue in the East Richmond community of Hamilton, the man lost control of his bike and fell, striking his head on the ground, police said.

An off-duty nurse who lives in the area noticed the man had fallen, and told them to call 911 as she helped out.

When police arrived, ambulance paramedics and firefighters were already helping.

The man was taken to Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, while police brought his children and their bicycles home.

Once police notified their mother of what happened, they escorted the family to the hospital, but tragically the man passed away prior to their arrival.

"This is a very sad and tragic event that very likely could have been prevented if a helmet had been worn," Turley said. "Our condolences are extended to the family and friends of the cyclist. We would also like to thank the off-duty nurse for her assistance and obvious dedication to helping others."

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