Cyclist dies after being hit by truck in Leslieville
Rachael D'Amore, CTV News Toronto
Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018 8:27AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, May 16, 2018 6:46PM EDT
A cyclist has died after he was struck by a truck in Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood early Wednesday morning.
The crash unfolded near Jones Avenue and Dundas Street East at around 8 a.m.
Toronto police say both the truck and cyclist were travelling west on Dundas Street when the driver attempted to turn right on Jones Avenue and struck the cyclist.
The victim, believed to be a man in his 50s, was taken to a hospital’s trauma centre with critical injuries but did not survive.
The age and name of the victim have not yet been released as police have not yet notified next-of-kin.
Police say the driver was uninjured in the crash and remained at the scene.
"The collision reconstruction team has taken over the investigation. They're going to do their measurements, photograph the scene and determine, to the best of their ability, what happened," Sgt. Thomas Reimer said, adding a commercial motor-vehicle team has also been called in to inspect the truck.
"Everyone will do their part and we’ll put it all together."
Ward 30 councillor Paul Fletcher said that intersection, along with the Dundas Street and Carlaw Avenue intersection, are outdated and the designated bike lane road markings should be improved.
“You can see its poorly painted… There’s no green paint, there’s nothing that tells a truck driver that they’re coming to a bike lane intersection,” she said “They’re actually quite dangerous and they need to be fixed immediately. I’ll be moving that motion at council.”
Investigators are asking witnesses or anyone with dash camera footage to contact police.
The intersection was closed for several hours but has since reopened.