Barrie police: Youth cyclist struck by van, driver sought

Incident happened at Duckworth Street and Steel Street

A 15-year-old cyclist suffered a leg injury after being struck by a minivan on Monday, with Barrie police seeking to talk with the driver.

Officers say the incident happened at 7:40 a.m. when a male cyclist was riding his bicycle north on the east side of Duckworth Street.

According to police, as he approached Steel Street, he stopped for a red light and proceeded when it turned green.

“At that moment, a black-coloured minivan turned right from Duckworth Street and struck him,” officers said in a release. “The cyclist fell to the ground and his bicycle was damaged.”

Police say the female driver got out of the minivan, spoke to the teenage cyclist, helped him up and also helped put his chain back onto his bicycle before driving away eastbound on Steel Street. Officers add that she mentioned that she was a nurse at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre.

Officers say the youth later complained of pain in his leg and was brought to hospital, where it was determined that he had a lower leg injury.

Barrie police are reaching out to the female driver, believed to be been in her 40s, with brown hair, wearing blue hospital scrubs and a jean jacket, and ask that she contact the investigating officer, Constable Graber, at 705-725-7025, extension 2753, regarding the investigation.

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