Coroner concludes investigation into North Van cyclist’s death

The B.C. Coroners Service has concluded its investigation into the death of a North Vancouver cyclist killed in a collision with a dump truck in Moodyville last year.

Brian Hughes, 55, died near the corner of East Second Street and St. Andrews Avenue during the early morning commute on June 1, 2018.

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The following month, North Vancouver RCMP confirmed there would be no charges against the dump truck driver but police declined to say what actually happened in the fatal collision.

Both Hughes and the driver of the dump truck were westbound on East Second Street around 7:15 a.m. at the time of the crash, the coroner concluded. The fatal collision happened as the truck driver made a wide right turn onto to St. Andrews Avenue.

“While making the turn, the driver reported he heard an unusual noise, so he stopped the truck and exited the truck to investigate. He located Mr. Hughes approximately eight metres behind his truck, lying on the pavement. Mr. Hughes was clearly deceased,” coroner Cynthia Hogan wrote in her report.

There were no other witnesses to the collision, the coroner’s report notes.

“It is reasonable to conclude that Mr. Hughes did not come to a stop at the stop sign because if he were stopped, he would have seen the dump truck turning right and not collided into it,” Hogan’s report states. “The dump truck, due to its size, had to make a wide right turn onto St. Andrews Avenue. Evidence indicates that Mr. Hughes collided with the right turning truck as he travelled through the intersection.”

The report added that it remains unknown whether the driver had his turn signal on.

Hogan concluded the cause of death was multiple blunt force traumatic injuries and classified the death as accidental.

 

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