Ottawa Car Accident – A 43-year-old woman has died after being struck by a grader driven by a City of Ottawa employee while she was cycling along North River Road on Thursday.
Police and paramedics were called to the scene at the intersection of North River Road and Donald Street at about 4:50 p.m.
The woman was taken to hospital in critical condition and was later pronounced dead at hospital, police said. The driver of the grader was unhurt.
A grader is a piece of heavy equipment used to create a flat surface for roads and at construction sites. They can also be used to clear snow.
Police are asking for any witnesses to call the collision unit at 613-236-1222, ext 2481. Officers are looking to speak with anyone who saw the crash, assisted emergency crews, or who may have relevant dashcam footage.
In a memo to the city’s mayor and councillors Friday, Public Works general manager Alain Gonthier wrote that the crash is being investigated by the city as well as police.
The department “will act upon any recommendations that may arise from the ongoing investigations and will communicate any such actions at the conclusion of the investigations,” he said.
“The Public Works department, and the entire city, are saddened by this tragic incident and would like to extend our deepest condolences to the cyclist’s family and friends,” Gonthier added.
“The city is also providing supports for the operator involved as this has been a traumatic experience for them.”
Gonthier offered no further comment, citing the two ongoing investigations into the collision.
North River Road was closed between McArthur Avenue and Donald Street. It reopened around 11 p.m.