35-year-old cyclist electrocuted in Luxmore Park
KELOWNA, B.C. – Police are investigating suspected criminal responsibility in the death of a 35-year-old Kelowna man who died of electrocution after his bicycle ran over an exposed high voltage ground wire in Luxmore Park last week.
On April 26th, at 1:55 pm, emergency crews were called to the scene just off June Springs Road in East Kelowna. Two Kelowna cyclists, aged 35 and 44, were riding in the park when the younger man apparently touched a live high voltage wire, the shock of which caused severe and extensive burns to his body.
He was rushed to hospital and later air-lifted to Vancouver General Hospital where he was placed in intensive care in a critical condition, but died of injuries two days.
Police initially detained his friend on suspicion that he was stealing copper wire, though later released him without charge after they found that several wires had been tampered with.
Police and Fortis BC are continuing to investigate.