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Car driver, bike rider flee the scene after 'head-scratcher' evening crash

'It’s very rare to have a cyclist not get injured in a collision like that, be thrown from their bike, let alone as soon as the ambulance arrives, turn around and run away,' says Barrie police official
2020-09-22 Gowan Street RB 3
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Both drivers fled following a collision between a cyclist and car on Essa Road, between Cumberland and Gowan streets in Barrie Wednesday evening.

“It’s very rare to have a cyclist not get injured in a collision like that, be thrown from their bike, let alone as soon as the ambulance arrives, turn around and run away,” said Peter Leon, communication co-ordinator with Barrie city police. “It’s a bit of a head-scratcher. They couldn’t have been super-serious hurt or they would have stayed, obviously.”

The 7:46 p.m. collision involved a dark-coloured, four-door Honda, Leon said, and a regular bike, which police have in their possession.

“There was damage to the vehicle,” he said. “There were some pieces of the vehicle that were left behind.”

Police checked with local taxi companies and with Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre following the crash, but came up empty.

There was a Barrie Transit bus in the area at the time and investigators are in the process of getting its video.

The cyclist is described as a white male, five-foot-11, and wearing red shoes, a hoodie and jeans.

He was last seen running toward Allandale Waterfront GO Station.

“From time to time, we see these collisions where somebody fails to remain, but in this case it was a cyclist that was knocked off the bike and they literally ran on foot,” Leon said.

Barrie police continue to investigate the collision.




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