A 52-year-old driver has been charged in connection with a crash involving a motorcyclist in the city’s downtown core.

The crash occurred near Yonge and Elm streets, near Gerrard Street, at around 5 a.m. Wednesday.

According to police, a motorcyclist travelling north on Yonge Street was struck by a northbound SUV that attempted to make a left hand turn onto Elm Street.

The motorcyclist sustained a serious but non-life-threatening knee injury in the crash and was taken to hospital for treatment.

It’s not clear whether the driver of the SUV was injured.

Toronto Police Const. Clint Stibbe told CP24 from the scene that “an element of speed” was involved in the crash.

“We need to keep in mind that motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians – they’re very vulnerable as road users. When we look at the collision and the damage to the vehicle involved, the damage to the SUV was quite extensive,” Stibbe said.

“When I say ‘speed,’ it doesn’t mean 100 km/h. We’re talking 40 or 50 km/h, which is about the speed limit here. But the reality is, when you’re moving through the city and a sudden emergency arises, you need to able to stop that vehicle. So the slower you’re going, the more likely you’re going to be able to successfully bring that vehicle to a stop quicker in a shorter distance, and in some ways that may have avoided this collision.”

Police say the driver of the SUV has been charged but have not released any further details.