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Cyclists injured in two separate collisions with cars in Saanich on weekend

Two cyclists were struck by vehicles in separate incidents in Saanich on Saturday, sending one man to hospital with serious injuries.

Two cyclists were struck by vehicles in separate incidents in Saanich on Saturday, sending one man to hospital with serious injuries.

The 64-year-old Saanich man was cycling on McKenzie Avenue in a bike lane when he was hit by a Toyota Sienna about 8:15 a.m.

“The 43-year-old Saanich woman driving the Toyota did not see the cyclist and she began to make a left turn on to Braefoot,” said Saanich police Staff Sgt. Scott Treble in a statement. “The head-on impact was substantial.”

The cyclist was thrown about nine metres and taken to Victoria General Hospital with serious injuries that may include some broken facial bones, Treble said. He also has injuries to a hand, an elbow, his legs and a knee, along with a probable concussion.

The driver was charged with failing to yield to the cyclist.

Shortly after noon, a cyclist was struck on Tillicum Road at the entrance to Burnside Plaza.

A 70-year-old Sidney woman driving a PT Cruiser sideswiped a 24-year-old cyclist from Victoria as she made a right turn. The cyclist suffered abrasions.

The driver was charged with failing to yield to the cyclist.