Elderly pedestrian struck by cyclist — Ladysmith Police Briefs

The Ladysmith RCMP responded to 64 calls from Oct. 13-18, including collisions, thefts and a pedestrian being struck by a bicycle.

The Ladysmith RCMP Detachment responded to 64 calls for service over the past seven days.

Saturday, October 13

• Members of the Ladysmith RCMP located a silver Acura Integra in the bushes off Timberlands Road. A 29-year-old male was located in the vehicle, which turned out to be stolen. The male was arrested for possession of stolen property and detained in custody. Further investigation revealed the male was wanted on a warrant of arrest from Nanaimo for breach of probation. The male was held in custody and turned over to Nanaimo RCMP for the outstanding warrant of arrest. The male will be appearing in court on a future date for possession of stolen property related to the stolen vehicle.

• The Ladysmith RCMP received a report of a theft of three electric Scotty down riggers and a fishing rod off a boat moored behind a residence on Yellow Point Road. There are no suspects or witnesses to the theft.

Sunday, October 14

• The Ladysmith RCMP responded to a two-vehicle collision near Spitfire Road and the Trans-Canada Highway. The male driver of a southbound pickup truck had stopped on the side of the road to fix the bumper on the vehicle. A Chevrolet Cavalier, also southbound, came around the corner and hydroplaned on the water on the road, causing the female driver to lose control. The Cavalier struck the stopped pickup truck, which then struck the male driver who was out of the truck. Both drivers suffered minor injuries. The driver of the truck was taken to the Cowichan District Hospital, while the driver of the Cavalier was taken to the Ladysmith Community Health Centre. Weather conditions were a factor in the accident.

• The Ladysmith RCMP responded to a single-vehicle accident on North Davis Road. A Chevy pickup truck was traveling up North Davis Road when the driver lost control on the wet surface.  The vehicle hit a tree on the meridian, suffering minor damage to the front right side of the vehicle and tire. The driver was not injured.

Monday, October 15

• The Ladysmith RCMP responded to a complaint of an elderly pedestrian who had been struck by a bicycle riding on the sidewalk on First Avenue. The pedestrian had stepped onto the sidewalk when struck by the male cyclist. The cyclist had been listening to his iPod while riding his bike on the sidewalk and was momentarily distracted. The pedestrian was treated by ambulance personnel at the scene and subsequently found to have a torn ligament and a chipped bone in her ankle. The police are continuing their investigation, and the cyclist will be charged with cycling on the sidewalk and not wearing a helmet.

Wednesday, October 17

• The Ladysmith RCMP responded to a break, enter and theft that occurred to a residence in the 200 block of Bayview Avenue overnight. A screen had been removed from a vacant unit, and there was evidence that someone had attempted to gain entry into a locked storage area. One storage locker was entered, and a toolbox, Dremel tool, tiger torch and a variety of hand tools were stolen. There are no witnesses to the theft.