‘It was the most terrifying thing’: Father says son’s death ‘terrible tragedy’
A father of three who was riding his bike to work was killed when a passing motorist smashed into his bike in a hit-and-run accident on the city’s east side, police said.
A man and a woman were driving west on King Street when the collision occurred on Monday morning, about 10:30 a.m.
They were driving north on King, when the driver lost control of the bike and struck a vehicle, according to police.
“He hit the vehicle and was thrown off,” said Staff Sgt. Mike Smith.
The man, who was in his 40s, was taken to hospital, where he later died, Smith said.
The woman was taken in critical condition to St. Joseph’s Medical Centre.
A 29-year-old woman who was driving the car was also taken to the hospital, Smith added.
Smith said the vehicle was described as a red Ford Focus.
“The driver lost consciousness and was taken away by EMS and transported to hospital for further assessment,” he said.
Smith also said police were trying to determine if the driver’s name had been released at this time.
“We are not sure what his condition is, and we do not know if he is a witness to the accident,” he added.
In total, five people were injured in the collision, including one driver who was knocked unconscious, Smith noted.
He said police did not believe the man who was struck was driving at the time of the crash.
“At this time, we do believe he was not driving at that time,” Smith said, adding the man was treated and released from hospital.
Smith described the crash as a “very horrific tragedy.”
He said the man’s father was at the scene of the collision and has been notified.
“This is a tragic loss for our community,” he told CBC News.
Smith added the collision was not being treated as a traffic collision.
“Our investigation is still ongoing,” he stated.