Courtenay councillor Melanie McCollum has suspended her active campaigning, after her mother perished in a cycling accident Sunday afternoon.
“My mother was struck by a truck while cycling in downtown Courtenay on Sunday,” said McCollum in a statement to media, Monday morning (Oct. 3). “The injuries were severe and she (was) taken to Victoria for emergency surgery… At this time I am turning all of my energy toward… supporting my family.”
Mrs. McCollum died of her injuries later Monday.
“While I am still a candidate for council, I am stepping back from day-to-day campaigning and wanted people to understand the reason why. I appreciate the warm wishes and kind words from the community. They mean a great deal to me and to my family. We ask for privacy…
“With thanks, Melanie McCollum.”
The Record has reached out to the Comox Valley RCMP for more details. The article will be updated online when more information becomes available from official sources.