Two cyclists hit by cars

Two cyclists were struck by cars in unrelated incidents last Friday.

Two cyclists were struck by cars in unrelated incidents last Friday.

Around 8:14 a.m. a nine-year-old girl was struck by a car at the traffic circle on Lewes Boulevard at Teslin Road while she was riding her bike.

Police say the driver, a 62-year-old man driving a 1997 Ford Escort, yielded to a first cyclist who had activated the controlled crossing but didn’t see the girl.

His car struck the rear tire of the bicycle at low speed, knocking the girl off her bike.

She was taken to Whitehorse General Hospital for lower body injuries and was later released.

The driver was ticketed under the Motor Vehicles Act for failing to yield to a pedestrian.

Two hours later, both the RCMP and paramedics responded to another collision involving a cyclist and a car, this time on the Alaska Highway, just south of McCrae.

A 68-year-old man cycling southbound tried to make a U-turn and was hit by a car also travelling southbound.

The man was taken to the hospital for what was reported as a head injury. According to the RCMP the driver was driving below speed limit and charges are not pending in this case.

Police ask everyone to be mindful of the rules as roads become busier with tourists, runners, cyclists and cross-country skiers training in the off-season.

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