Unwitting cyclist busts window with head

Helmet wards off serious injury to teenager in collision

A teenage cyclist escaped serious injury after colliding with a parked car on the morning of Jan. 26.

The 17-year-old was riding with his head down and failed to see the vehicle, which was parked near the intersection of Monterey and McNeill avenues. He had enough momentum that the impact sent him head first through the car’s rear window.

Oak Bay police say the fact the cyclist was wearing a helmet helped him avoid serious injury, though he did suffer a gash to his cheek and a cut ear. He was taken to hospital, where he received 12 stitches and was released the same day.