North Shore teen cyclist injured in head-on crash with driver

West Vancouver police are investigating after a driver struck a cyclist head-on during the Thursday evening rush hour.

The incident happened around 5:30 p.m. on the 300 block of Welch Street, just west of Mathias Road, according to Const. Nicole Braithwaite, West Vancouver police spokeswoman.

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Braithwaite said the driver, a 49-year-old woman, was headed west on Welch when she attempted to “make an unsafe pass” and struck the 19-year-old man on the bike, who was travelling eastbound.

There is a solid yellow line on Welch at that point, Braithwaite confirmed.

The victim was taken to hospital with several broken teeth and cuts requiring stitches, Braithwaite said.

As of Friday, no ticket had been issued.

“At this time, officers are conducting a full investigation into this matter,” Braithwaite said.

Braithwaite said with the sun setting earlier, drivers, pedestrians and cyclists all need to be paying sharper attention.

The roads were heavily congested at the time of the crash.

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