Fire crews had to spend time cleaning up the road following the crash on Wednesday night, after one of the vehicles involved radiator discharged all over the road. (Michelle Cabana/News Staff)

Cyclist will ride again despite being hit in crash near Sooke and Kelly roads

The crash involved two vehicles and caused traffic delays during Wednesday evening commute

Christian Elsing woke “very sore” Thursday, after being struck by a vehicle in a collision on Sooke Road on Wednesday evening.

“I don’t really know what happened,” says Elsing, as he was hit from behind. “All I heard was a lot of crunching and crashing and then something crashed into me. According to the police I was collateral damage.”

While the details of the crash are still unclear, Elsing believes a car was hit from behind by another vehicle which then somehow hit him from behind on the left. Luckily, he was left with soft tissue damage, but everything is “hurting like heck.”

“I don’t know what car actually struck me, but I was on the ground and the next thing I knew was the ambulance was there.”

No official information has been released on the condition of the two drivers, but Esling believes one of the drivers was in severe condition, at least by the looks of it.

READ ALSO: Police watchdog notified after cyclist dies in Highway 17 collision Sunday

A silver lining of the crash is the number of people who stopped to help. Esling says he couldn’t believe how many people were there, ready to call 911, give first aid and even to take his bike home, which was dropped off for him earlier on Thursday.

Esling uses Sooke Road to get to and from work and doesn’t think bike lanes would have helped in this case.

“I was riding as far to the right as humanly possible. I ride that road every day and I know where to ride to not be in traffic,” he says. “This has something to do with the cars getting tossed around.”

Colwood Fire Rescue chief John Cassidy says that he’s not sure what happened either, adding that fire crew’s main concern in that crash was the safety of the drivers and the cyclist along with redirecting traffic, which was down to one lane for about two hours.

READ ALSO: Second cyclist struck during morning commute in Greater Victoria

Cassidy says there was also major clean up that had to happen after the crash due to one of the car’s radiators “totally discharg[ing]” all over the road.

While Cassidy says the drivers who were stuck in traffic due to the crash were “cool and calm,” he would like to remind everyone to slow down when they see traffic controllers.

“We’re there to provide emergency services to help and make sure no one gets hurt,” says Cassidy. “I don’t want any of my people getting tagged because [driver] are getting frustrated.”

During the crash, two other emergency vehicles needed to get through which caused even more of a headache, but Cassidy appreciates the help of the general public in this case.

As for Esling, this crash isn’t going to stop him from cycling to and from work. All he wants now is some money back from ICBC to purchase a new bike, which was “completely destroyed” in the crash.



kendra.crighton@blackpress.ca

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Saanich Fire Department investigating early morning fire at elementary school

Fire crews remain on scene at Strawberry Vale Elementary school

Saanich councillors scurry to ban rat poisons on municipal properties

A ‘small but important first step’ to protect local wildlife, councillor says

No swimming or skating at Juan de Fuca rec centre for now

The Q Centre to reopen starting on July 13

Sidney’s Star Cinema looks to reel in audience with reopening

It’s lights, camera, action — again — for Sidney’s Star Cinema in… Continue reading

Mayor not in favour of low barrier housing at Oak Bay Lodge

Process is already in place to determine future of Oak Bay Lodge

VIDEO: Langford cat missing 18 months reunited with family

Blue the cat found at Victoria museum 17 kilometres from home

RCMP ‘disappointed’ by talk that race a factor in quiet Rideau Hall arrest

Corey Hurren, who is from Manitoba, is facing 22 charges

NHL’s Canadian hubs offer little economic benefit, but morale boost is valuable: experts

Games are slated to start Aug. 1 with six Canadian teams qualifying for the 24-team resumption of play

‘Made in the Cowichan Valley’ coming to a wine bottle near you

Cowichan Valley has the honour of being the first sub-GI outside of the Okanagan

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of July 7

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Would you get a vaccine for COVID-19 when it is available?

With the number of positive COVID-19 tests skyrocketing across much of the… Continue reading

VIDEO: Alberta man rescues baby eagle believed to be drowning in East Kootenay lake

Brett Bacon was boating on a lake in Windermere when he spotted the baby eagle struggling in the water

Vancouver Island business ad unintentionally features OK gesture linked to white supremacy

Innocuous ‘OK’ gesture in cleaning franchise advertisement gets flak on social media for ‘supposedly’ promoting white supremacy

Comox Valley RCMP looking for missing woman

Ami Guthrie was last seen in Courtenay in early July

Most Read