Cyclist suffers life-threatening injuries after being struck by car in St. Catharines

File photo. Larry MacDougal / The Canadian Press

TORONTO — A cyclist is recovering in hospital after being struck by a car and suffering life-threatening injuries in St. Catharines on Sunday.

Niagara Regional Police responded to the collision at about 10:15 p.m. at Lake Street south of Linwell Road on Sunday.

Police said a 24-year-old man was riding his Cervelo bicycle south on Lake Street when he allegedly cut in front of a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am heading in the same direction.

The driver of the Pontiac was a 60-year-old St. Catharines man and police said the car struck the bicycle either before or after the cyclist fell.

Police said the cyclist then struck his head on the road and suffered life-threatening injuries before being transported to Niagara Health Systems St. Catharines Site by ambulance. He was later transferred to Hamilton Health Sciences General Site where he remains in serious condition. The driver of the Pontiac was not injured in the collision.

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Detectives with the Niagara Regional Police Services Collision Reconstruction Unit and the Forensic Services Unit continue to investigate the collision.

The Niagara Regional Police Service is reminding all cyclists to be proactive towards safety practices including the use of safety devices such as bicycle helmets and the requirements for lights and a bell.

Any witnesses with information regarding this collision are asked to contact investigators at (905) 688-4111, extension 5500.

Information on crimes can also be submitted anonymously using Crime Stoppers of Niagara. To leave an anonymous tip, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), Text – 274637(CRIMES), keyword Niagara, then your tip.

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