Family mourns P.E.I. cyclist
Patricia Keenan killed in cycling collision with car door in Kelowna
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or www.peifuneralcoops.com