On June 28, 2021, at 10:00 pm, Portage la Prairie RCMP received a report of a cyclist struck by a vehicle on the Trans-Canada Highway, approximately two kilometres west of Austin, Manitoba.
Investigation has determined that a 40-year-old male cyclist from Ontario was travelling westbound on the highway when he was struck by the passenger side of a westbound vehicle. The cyclist was thrown off his bicycle and landed in the north ditch. The vehicle did not remain on the scene. The cyclist suffered serious injuries and was transported to Winnipeg hospital. It does not appear that the cyclist was wearing a helmet.
A RCMP Forensic Collision Reconstructionist attended the scene to assist with the investigation. Police are looking for a red vehicle, likely a pickup truck, with a broken passenger side headlight assembly. If you have information, please call Portage RCMP at 204-857-4445, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.