Whistler police on Wednesday (Sept. 9) confirmed that longtime Whistler resident and ski instructor Murray Dee was the cyclist killed in a collision with a flat deck truck on Mons Road this week.
Dee, 49, was part of Whistler Blackcomb's Ski School for 25 years, said fellow longtime instructor Monique Thibault. In recent years he was teaching private adult lessons, and he was honoured as one of the "Pros of the Year" earlier this year.
Thibault said news of Dee's death came as a shock. He was a cheerful guy who always had a smile to give on the hill or at the GLC, where he liked to hang out, she said. Dee was married with no children.
"(He) always had a friendly comment," she said. "He was looking forward to living out his life in Whistler."
Dee succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash late Tuesday (Sept. 8), after being transported from the collision site to the Whistler Health Care Centre, said Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair of the Whistler-Pemberton RCMP.
Police haven't yet determined whether any charges will be laid in connection with the collision, LeClair said Wednesday. The RCMP Integrated Collision Analyst Reconstruction team examined the scene and filed a report, and that information will be considered with the results of an inspection of the truck, he said. After that, police will determine whether charges will be pursued.
Dee was riding his bike westbound on the Valley Trail on Tuesday at around 5:20 p.m. when he entered onto Mons Road and was struck by the flat deck truck, which was travelling northbound, LeClair said. Eyewitnesses to the crash were interviewed by police, he said.
Mons Road, which is located alongside Highway 99 north of Whistler, was closed Tuesday until after 10 p.m.
In a statement, police reminded the public to exercise caution when cycling and driving. Cyclists should wear reflective clothing and use lights, and motorists are encouraged to watch for cyclists - particularly in areas where roadways intersect with cycling paths, the statement said.