Fam­ily mourns P.E.I. cy­clist

Pa­tri­cia Keenan killed in cy­cling col­li­sion with car door in Kelowna

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE - BY TERESA WRIGHT

A woman who died af­ter col­lid­ing with a car door while cy­cling in Bri­tish Columbia is be­ing mourned by her Prince Ed­ward Is­land fam­ily this week.

Pa t r ic ia Keenan was liv­ing in Kelowna, B.C. with her 10year-old son un­til two weeks ago when her life came to a sud­den and tragic end.

She was cy­cling be­hind a friend when the driver of a parked car opened their car door to exit the ve­hi­cle just as Keenan was rid­ing by.

She crashed into the door and, although she was wear­ing a hel­met, suf­fered se­ri­ous head in­juries and died two days later on July 15.

B.C. cy­clist Michael V. Smith or­ga­nized a silent ‘crit­i­cal mass’ bi­cy­cle ride last week to mourn Keenan’s death and raise aware­ness about the dan­gers cy­clists face on road­ways.

“We did a silent ride, in­clud­ing past the lo­ca­tion where she was struck,” Smith said in a tele­phone in­ter­view from Kelowna.

He says he did not know Keenan per­son­ally but felt com­pelled to take ac­tion when he heard about her tragic death, as her ac­ci­dent was sim­i­lar to close calls ex­pe­ri­enced by many lo­cal cy­clists.

“This is a real is­sue and this is an on­go­ing is­sue and un­for­tu­nately when ter­ri­ble things like this hap­pen it makes us all the more aware of how frag­ile and vul­ner­a­ble we all are on the roads,” Smith said.

“I think there’s a lot of ap­a­thy or a lot of re­sent­ment for cy­clists and there’s a fairly ag­gres­sive driv­ing cul­ture in Kelowna.”

A to­tal of 200 peo­ple took part in the event, most of them wear­ing black.

A fu­neral was held for Keenan in B.C. last week where she was re­mem­bered as a lov­ing and ded­i­cated mother with an in­fec­tious smile.

A vis­i­ta­tion was held for her P.E.I. friends and fam­ily Mon­day af­ter­noon at the Hills­boro Fu­neral Home in Stratford. Online con­do­lences can be sent to hills­bo­ro­fu­neral@east­link.ca or www.pei­fu­ner­al­coops.com


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