Body found along Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge

A body has been found in the ditch along the Lougheed Highway, at 280th Street in Maple Ridge, near the Mission boundary.

A body was found along the Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge on Wednesday afternoon.

A body was found along the Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge on Wednesday afternoon.

The body of a male cyclist was found in a ditch along the north side of Lougheed Highway near the Mission border on Wednesday.

Ridge Meadows RCMP arrived by 280th Street at around 2:30 p.m. and the highway was shut down to a single lane of alternating traffic.

The cause of the death is not yet determined.

“I can confirm that it is a male, and he had been riding a bicycle,” said an RCMP spokesperson.

The cause of death has not been determined. A coroner attended and an autopsy will be performed.

“First officers on scene had felt the deceased male had been riding his bike and might have been struck by a hit and run vehicle,” said Cpl. Alanna Dunlop.

“With the assistance of the Integrated Forensic Identification Section and the ICARS [Integrated Crash, Analyst, Reconstructionist Services] Unit, it would appear this is not the cause.”

Police are working alongside the B.C. Coroner Service to establish the cause of death, but that will not be known for at least a few days.

Further details will be released then.

Until then, the name of the deceased will also remain unknown.

Darlene Harris, who lives in one of the mobile home parks on 287th Street and walks to a bus stop on the highway, says Lougheed is dangerous and narrow along that stretch and think it’s possible that, if the man had been hit by a passing vehicle, it’s possible the driver might not have even known.

“I don’t think anybody intentionally hit this guy, but it’s very dangerous walking on Lougheed,” she said. “These transports, you get one or two of them in tandem, they almost knock you over because of the wind.”

Harris complained last year about the road, asking for a bus stop on 287th Street to make it safer.

Three mobile home parks line the road, accommodating a few hundred residents, but the bus stops in the area only three times a day.

“There are so many citizens that live in this area, they can’t get out of here. We’re all stranded. If your car breaks down, you can’t get out of here.”