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Man killed in cycling accident identified
Police load a bicycle into the back of a cruiser after a man was killed after falling off his bike on St. Clair Avenue, near Wychwood Avenue, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. CTV/Scott Lightfoot
The man who died after his bicycle wheel got caught in an unused streetcar track has been identified as 47-year-old Joseph Mavecs.
Mavecs died Monday after falling off his bike while he was trying to turn from St. Clair Avenue onto Wychwood Avenue.
He wasn’t wearing a helmet and witnesses described seeing him hit his head on the pavement.
The streetcar tracks haven’t been used since 1978, and his death prompted calls to rip up the tracks or cover them in asphalt to prevent similar falls.
A short obituary listed on the Turner and Porter Funeral Directors website said Mavecs leaves behind his father, Franc, and siblings Veronika, Josie (Jim) Maindonald, Frank, and Barbie.
“Joseph will be missed by his extended family and many friends,” reads the obituary.
It asks that donations be made to the Schizophrenia Society in Mavecs’ name.
A visitation will be held for Mavecs Thursday afternoon and evening at the funeral home, followed by a funeral Friday morning at 10 a.m. at Our Lady Help of Christians church in Little Italy.