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Patricia Keenan, Kelowna cyclist, dies after crashing into car door

07/20/2015 04:28 EDT | Updated 07/20/2016 05:59 EDT
Friends and family are mourning the death of a woman in Kelowna, B.C. who died after crashing her bicycle into a car door.

On July 14, Patricia Keenan was cycling behind a friend on Bernard Avenue towards downtown when someone suddenly opened the driver's side door of a parked car.

Keenan, 38, slammed into the door and despite wearing a helmet, she sustained serious head injuries and died in hospital two days later.

"That is such a terrible waste. It's so sad for a young mother to come to her demise in this fashion," said Keenan's neighbour Hans Kruiswyk. 

Getting 'doored' all too common, say advocates

Cycling advocates say the community has a long way to go to make city streets safe for bike riders.

Kelowna Cycling Coalition spokesperson Landon Bradshaw says cyclists getting "doored" when people open car doors without checking their mirrors is a serious issue.

"It is not a bizarre occurrence," said Bradshaw. "It's happened to me. I know plenty of cyclists that it's happened to."

Bradshaw believes conditions have improved for cyclists on Kelowna streets in recent years, but he says more driver education is needed to prevent similar tragedies from happening. 

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