A collision between a cyclist and an SUV at 50 Street and Davison Dr., on Thursday morning has sent a 16-year-old to the hospital. Photo by Mamta Lulla/Red Deer Advocate

Update: Teenager in critical condition after being struck by SUV

The cyclist was not wearing a helmet

A Red Deer teenager is in critical condition after being struck by an SUV in Deer Park early Thursday morning.

Red Deer RCMP were called to the collision between a bicycle and an SUV at the intersection of Davison Drive and 50th Street around 8:30 a.m.

Police said the 16-year-old cyclist was not wearing a helmet and has received head injuries.

He was struck by an eastbound SUV while riding through a crosswalk.

The cyclist was riding along 50th Street travelling westbound. At the intersection, he was crossing the road heading north when he darted in front of the oncoming traffic.

Red Deer RCMP Sgt. Kevin Halwa confirmed the SUV driver does not appear to be at fault.

“I know the driver tried to maneuver [his vehicle] to avoid the collision but (he was) not able to,” said Halwa.

Halwa said the driver of the SUV is not facing charges. Any other charges will be determined by the collision analyst.

“It appears maybe the cyclist didn’t take the precautions necessary in order to cross the road,” he said.

Police are considering all possible contributing factors in this collision, but do not believe this is a criminal investigation at this time.

Halwa asks all motorists to be cautious during September as students are excited to head back to school. Halwa believes the cyclist was on his way.

mamta.lulla@reddeeradvocate.com

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