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Serious injuries to riders on scooter and cycle in Abbotsford

Two collisions resulted in serious injuries to Abbotsford residents on Monday.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. an 88-year-old man in a mobility scooter was hit by an SUV.

Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald said the 2007 Mazda CX7 was eastbound on George Ferguson Way. According to witnesses, the 38-year-old female driver failed to stop for a red light at Bourquin.

The senior was in the crosswalk when he was hit, and was taken to hospital by ambulance, in critical condition.

The SUV driver, an Abbotsford resident, remained on scene and cooperated with police. Based on witness testimony, she may face charges under the Motor Vehicle Act, or more serious criminal charges, said MacDonald.

At 5:40 p.m. a cyclist suffered serious injuries. The 53-year-old Abbotsford man was eastbound on Marshall Road, going down a steep grade approaching Abbotsford Way. He was riding on the sidewalk on the north side of the road.

According to police, he failed to stop for the intersection, and slammed into the side of a GMC Sierra pickup on Abbotsford Way, driven by a 53-year-old Abbotsford woman who was about to turn onto Marshall.

The rider's momentum threw him over the top of the pickup, and onto the pavement in the other side. He was not wearing a helmet, and suffered a variety of wounds, including head injuries.

He is in hospital in stable condition. MacDonald said the cyclist may be ticketed for failing to wear a helmet, failing to stop at an intersection, and riding on the sidewalk.

"We're concerned about this health, but this was in that category of 'completely avoidable,'" said MacDonald.

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