Electrical tape puts cyclist in hospital

Cyclist broke jaw and teeth and hyper-extended his neck in the collision

  • Aug. 14, 2013 9:00 a.m.

The Victoria Police Department is investigating a prank gone horribly wrong after a Victoria cyclist struck electrical tape and suffered serious injuries.

On Aug. 9 around 4:40 a.m., CBC radio producer Sterling Eyford, 34, was headed to work on Kings Road near Prior Street when his bike hit a piece of electrical tape that had been strung across the street.

Eyford broke his jaw and teeth and hyper-extended his neck in the collision.

“We couldn’t estimate a time frame on when the tape could have been put up, and we’re not attributing it to being a malicious attempt to hurt a cyclist,” said Const. Mike Russell. “It could have been a prank intended for a vehicle gone horribly wrong.”

It’s the second such incident in the Capital Region in recent months.

In June, Derek Kidd, 26, cut his neck on a gauge wire while mountain biking near Durrance Lake in Saanich. At the time, Saanich police said there was no evidence the wire was placed to intentionally injure anyone.