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Man, 29, charged with causing Richmond cyclist’s death

Roneel Singh is alleged to have caused the 64-year-old man's death by dangerous driving in the early hours of Labour Day in 2013

More than two and half years after a 64-year-old cyclist was killed on a Richmond road, a man has been charged in connection with the death.

The male victim, who has never been named, died after being struck by a car in the 4400 block of No. 5 Road, north of Highway 9, in the early hours of Labour Day, Sept. 2, 2013.

The 64-year-old Richmond man was found on the sidewalk by passing motorists, but a sustained attempt to revive him was unsuccessful.

Police then discovered a license plate at the scene and were able to track down the alleged driver and vehicle involved.

On Wednesday, Richmond RCMP stated that Roneel Singh, 29, of Vancouver, has been charged with one count of dangerous driving causing death and one count of failing to stop with intent to escape.

At the time of incident, police said the 26-year-old driver taken into custody lived in Richmond.

One of the people who came to the stricken cyclist’s aid, Andrew Bailey, told the Province newspaper shortly after the accident that he did what he could, getting someone to call 911 and stopping other motorists for assistance.

But Bailey said any praise going around should be given to a passing motorist, who administered CPR until paramedics arrived.

Bailey had been driving to his nearby home from an all-night drug store and stopped when he saw a bike wheel and helmet in the road and the man lying on the sidewalk, not moving.

He didn't have a phone so he banged on the door of a nearby residence to get them to call 911. He then went back to the road to try flag down help because he didn't have any medical training.

A motorist stopped and also called 911 on his phone.

"I held his cellphone (connected to emergency services) while he administered CPR for seven to eight minutes before the paramedics arrived," said Bailey, 33, at the time. "It was really quite amazing.

"The thing that blows my mind is I'm sure he was as convinced as I was that this man was dead already."

— With a file from the Province

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