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Car accidents: Ontario police seeking driver

Brantford police are still in the process of investigating an accident involving a bicyclist who was injured in a collision. Car accidents in Ontario are typically investigated by local authorities when the accident does not occur on a provincial highway. Brantford authorities are reaching out to community members who may have witnessed the accident to help determine its cause. 

According to the accident report, a 48-year-old man was riding his bicycle on the early morning of Jan. 26 when he attempted to cross Wayne Gretzky Parkway. Apparently he was struck by a northbound SUV, though it is unclear whether the vehicle remained at the scene. Other motorists witnessed the collision and stopped to help the man by alerting paramedics. 

The man was taken to hospital with injuries described as non-life threatening. His current condition is unknown. Police have asked any drivers or passersby who witnessed the crash to please contact local authorities in the hopes of reconstructing the events leading up to the accident. In the meantime, authorities have reminded motorists and cyclists alike to exercise caution when sharing the road with one another. 

The causes of car accidents involving bicyclists can be difficult to nail down, as it is possible the bicyclist made an error contributing to the crash. However, Ontario authorities will continue their investigation until material responsibility for the crash can be assigned. Even if they do not pursue criminal charges against the driver involved, the injured party is still entitled under provincial law to file a personal injury suit against the driver in civil court. 

Source: theturtleislandnews.com, "Brantford Police Traffic Unit Seeking Witnesses Of Motor Vehicle Collision", Feb. 1, 2017

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