A 52-year-old cyclist is fighting for her life after being hit by a vehicle in the Lachine district early Wednesday morning.
According to police reports, the woman was hit by a car while crossing the intersection of Avenue Saint-Pierre and Rue Notre-Dame around 7:20 a.m.
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When police arrived at the scene, the cyclist and her wrecked bicycle were found, along with the damaged vehicle, several meters from the intersection, according to SPVM spokesman Manuel Couture.
“The cyclist was on the ground and was seriously injured. She was sent to the hospital in critical condition and the doctors fear for her life, ”Couture said.
The male driver was also sent to hospital and received treatment for shock.
Montreal police believe the cyclist was struck while traveling south on Saint-Pierre and encountered the driver coming from the west.
According to Couture, it is unclear who is to blame for the incident, although failure to observe traffic lights is suspected to be the cause of the collision.
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Investigators from the crash unit have taken over the case.
Authorities say they will use video surveillance footage and traffic cameras to determine the circumstances of the event.
Couture said the intersection is known to be problematic and dangerous, as multiple fatal collisions have occurred in the past.
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