One of South Delta Riders' longest-standing and founding members died Tuesday after a tragic accident in Delta.
Delta police have not released the name of the rider, but the Optimist has learned that Dick Nicholls was the cyclist who was killed according to good friend and fellow SDR member Peter Berry who sent an email out to cycling club members Tuesday night.
“I'm not sure how to break this news to you all, but our friend, and much respected rider Dick Nicholls was hit by a car today, and has died,” wrote Berry. “Dick was on his way home from Petra's, I had already left and Dick a short time later. I share this with much sorrow in my heart, and am utterly devastated.”
The Boundary Bay Cycling Club also shared their condolences to fellow riders in the community.
“Our sincere condolences go to Dick's family, friends and to our fellow cyclists here in Delta, the South Delta Riders,” said the BBCC in an email. “You'll be sorely missed Dick. Your spirit lives on and we'll remember you with great fondness, respect and admiration.”
Officers were called to the collision around 1:30 p.m. at 72nd St. and 36th Ave.
DPD public affairs coordinator Cris Leykauf said the collision occurred between a cyclist who had been travelling on 36th Ave. and a vehicle travelling south on 72nd St.
She said the driver of the vehicle remained on scene, and was cooperating with police.
Several independent witnesses have now provided statements to police, but DPD are asking others who may have information to come forward.
“It is too early to determine if there will be any charges in regard to the collision,” added Leykauf. “However, as part of the investigation, police are looking into traffic flow in the area, as well as the volume of cyclists who use the area to access the Boundary Bay Dyke, or as a route to travel to Ladner Trunk Road.”
Police will also consider potential view obstructions or engineering recommendations, and will be writing a report on the incident. The investigation will also include an examination of the vehicle involved.