A man who was hit by a truck while cycling along the Nanaimo Parkway on Sept. 15 has died in hospital. (News Bulletin file photo)

Cyclist who was hit on Nanaimo Parkway dies of injuries

Nanaimo man who was struck by truck in mid September dies in Victoria hospital

A man who was struck by truck by a transport truck while cycling on the Nanaimo Parkway has died in hospital.

Richard Edwin Johnson, 56, of Nanaimo, died in Victoria General Hospital on Thursday. Johnson’s identity and death were confirmed Monday by his son Michael and the B.C. Coroners Service.

The accident that claimed Johnson’s life happened Sept. 15 in the southbound lanes of the Nanaimo Parkway.

Initial reports from the Nanaimo RCMP, following the accident, were that Johnson was riding with no lights and dark clothing, but other conditions, such as road debris and loose sand and gravel, might have also factored into why Johnson came into contact with the vehicle, according to Michael.

“In the police report that I received, it’s noted in there as well,” Michael said.

Roadside cleanup and maintenance on the section of the Nanaimo Parkway where the accident occurred is the responsibility of the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, which contracts out the work, said David Myles, Nanaimo manager of roads and traffic services.

The B.C. Coroners has yet to release its official report listing factors that might have contributed to Johnson’s death.

“The case is still open for investigation,” said Andy Watson, B.C. Coroners Service media liaison.


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